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Finding Capital: Financing Options for Meat Processors

What’s on this page?  Upgrading or expanding an existing meat processing plant, building a new facility, buying equipment… it all costs money, and plenty of it.  The information on this page will help you understand and navigate financing options that fit your processing plans.   Q: What are my financing options? Which one is best …

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Increase Your Retail Sales with More Frequent Delivery

Increase Your Retail Sales with More Frequent Delivery Nick McCann, Iowa State University Extension Nick McCann is an Agricultural Business Specialist with Iowa State University Cooperative Extension. He works with small meat plants in Iowa, helping them improve their bottom lines by identifying useful and practical changes they can make in their processes and management. …

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Jerky

If you are interested in preparing jerky in your processing facility, you will need to demonstrate lethality in your jerky-making process. Typically this means cooking under controlled humidity per Appendix A, and then drying. This AskFSIS question addresses this: http://askfsis.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/902/ A few words of advice on jerky making from our listserv: “A real smokehouse is …

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Mobile Poultry Processing Unit Blueprints

Here are a set of blueprints for a mobile poultry processing unit (MPPU) built to operate under “equal to” state inspection in Vermont. The MPPU was built by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, with funding from the Vermont Legislature and the Castanea Foundation, in 2008. It was leased by a small poultry processor for several years, then sold to a farm in …

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Mobile Slaughter Units: Reports from the Field and Future Directions

Mobile Slaughter Units: Reports from the Field and Future Directions A Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar Date: September 10, 2013 Duration: 90 minutes Overview Inspected mobile slaughter units for beef, bison, and other red meat species have been operating for more than a decade. How are they working out? What have we learned? And how might …

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Poultry Processing Regulations and Exemptions

Poultry processing regulations can be confusing, especially for small operations. Here we walk you through the federal law and small-scale exemptions and state-level laws and regulations.   Table of Contents Federal Law and Exemptions NMPAN Webinars about the Poultry Processing Exemptions Poultry Processing Regulations by State Other Resources   Federal Law and Exemptions The Law …

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Who Builds Mobile/Modular Slaughter Units?

These companies (all but the last on the list) have designed and built MSUs, from bare bones rigs to complete, fully-equipped systems. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement. www.mobileslaughter.com Mobile slaughter unit pioneer and NMPAN Advisory Board member Bruce Dunlop shares photos, specifications, and equipment needs for mobile units. Friesla Friesla, located in …

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