Running Your Facility

Cost Analysis: Are you making money?

How do you know if you’re making money? And what can you do if you’re not? Most small processors (like most small businesses) don’t fully understand why they are or aren’t making money and what they can do about it.

Business Planning Resources

Here you’ll find resources for planning a new meat processing business or expanding an existing one. The economics of small-scale meat processing are tough. It is a capital-intensive, thin-margin, high-risk business.

Equipment Videos (NMPAN YouTube Channel)

Videos from the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, a Cooperative Extension community of practice for small meat processors and the niche meat industry.

Customer Manuals

A short, simple customer manual can really help. Even a couple of pages is enough to communicate the basics.

Water, Wastewater, and Alternatives to Rendering

Building a meat plant is no easy job. Even commercial contractors may not be familiar with the ins and outs of building a food processing plant.

Human Resources

Finding capable and willing labor is a serious challenge for all meat processors, regardless of size. Small plants often require a higher average skill level than large plants but cannot afford to pay a high wage through the employee-training period.

Succession Planning

Want to sell your business or pass it on to the next generation? Succession planning is important for all businesses that want to carry on into the future.

Animal Welfare Best Practices & Science

We all understand the importance of humane animal handling and providing the best comfort to our livestock and poultry at the end of their lives.

Webinar Library on all these topics

NMPAN webinars are recorded and archived by topic. A few selected webinars from other groups are also listed.

Equipment, Suppliers, and Consultant Database

NMPAN is providing this list of Equipment Dealers, Suppliers, and Consultants who work in the meat industry and were suggested by our listserv.employee-training period.

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