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Vocational Meat Cutting Programs

Small Meat Processors Updated: March 20, 2018

 To our knowledge, there are only four vocational meat-cutting programs (not including college/university meat science programs) in the U.S.: one in Arizona,...

Who Builds Mobile Slaughter Units?

Small Meat Processors Updated: January 12, 2018

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...

Strategies to Increase Throughput

Small Meat Processors Updated: October 20, 2017

Meat processors, like most businesses, work hard to cut costs, hoping to improve their bottom line. But while cost cutting can sometimes improve profits, too...

Meat Processing Equipment

Small Meat Processors Updated: June 12, 2017

What's on this page?The right equipment can make a world of difference in a small meat processing facility.  On this page we have videos of several...

NMPAN Affiliates Oregon

Small Meat Processors Updated: April 13, 2017

On October 2, 2015, this content was automatically unpublished and marked as inactive. Please feel free to rework this page, along with properly indicating...

Alternatives to Rendering: Butcher Waste Composting

Small Meat Processors Updated: March 20, 2016

In many parts of the country, disposal of offal and butcher waste is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive, as renderers close down or raise their...

Jerky

Small Meat Processors Updated: March 20, 2016

If you are interested in preparing jerky in your processing facility, you will need to demonstrate lethality in your jerky-making process. Typically this...

Meat Processor Workforce Management

Small Meat Processors Updated: December 04, 2015

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...

Meat Processing Rules & Regulations

Small Meat Processors Updated: November 25, 2015

​​What's on this page? Meat processing rules and regulations are complex but not impossible to understand.  In the words of one of our favorite processors,...

Finding Capital: Financing Options for Meat Processors

Small Meat Processors Updated: November 25, 2015

Upgrading or expanding an existing meat processing plant, building a new facility, buying equipment... it all costs money, and plenty of it.  The information...

Processing Pet Food for Sale

Small Meat Processors Updated: November 13, 2015

This page was developed with input from experienced producers, processors, and regulators. FDA requires that all animal foods, like human foods, be safe to...

Validation of Dried and Fermented Meats

Updated: October 22, 2015

Validation of Dried and Fermented Meats: Tools for Small ProcessorsA Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar, presented in collaboration with USDA's...

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...

Cost Analysis: Are You Making Money?

Small Meat Processors Updated: August 31, 2015

Many meat processors watch their checkbook balances and hope for the best.  Some wade through P&L statements looking for answers and often come up short....

Open-Sourced HACCP: Making Cured Meats Production More Accessible

Small Meat Processors Updated: April 03, 2015

Date: April 23, 2015 (note: new date) Time: 10 am PST / 1pm EST for one hourTo attend: Go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/nichemeat 5-10 minutes...

Cooperative Interstate Shipment: How's It Working Out?

Small Meat Processors Updated: December 12, 2014

The Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program, authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill and launched by USDA-FSIS in 2012, allows state-inspected meats from qualifying...

Firsthand Foods: Bringing North Carolina Farmers and Markets Together

Women in Agriculture Updated: November 06, 2014

  One of the challenges in local and regional meat markets is that the supply chains are “immature”: the complex distribution networks that exist in...

Colorado Facilities

Small Meat Processors Updated: October 13, 2014

 List of USDA-inspected and custom-exempt plants. Obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  Searchable database of all plants in the state;...

Sausage Formulation Spreadsheet

Small Meat Processors Updated: June 04, 2014

Processors who make small batches of sausage for independent meat producers often use commercial, pre-blended mixes. Mixing a producer's own specialty...

NACMPI is Seeking Nominations - Learn More and Apply

Small Meat Processors Updated: May 20, 2014

Date: May 15, 2014Duration: 30 minutes All NMPAN webinars are free and open to the public.OverviewThe National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry...

NMPAN Affiliates Texas

Small Meat Processors Updated: May 20, 2014

Dr.Davey GriffinProfessor and Extension Meat SpecialistTexas A&M UniversityCollege Station, TX (979)845-6489dgriff@tamu.edu Texas Association of Meat...

Cost Analysis: Are You Making Money?

Small Meat Processors Updated: May 19, 2014

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...

Mobile Poultry Processing Unit Blueprints

Small Meat Processors Updated: November 26, 2013

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...

NMPAN Affiliates Illinois

Small Meat Processors Updated: October 17, 2013

  iamp@aeroinc.netwww.illinoismeatprocessors.com  Dr. Arion Thiboumery Iowa State University Ames, IA (415) 260-6890arion@iastate.eduDr....

Uncured Bacon

Small Meat Processors Updated: October 11, 2013

With the expansion of uncured, nitrite/nitrate-free products in the marketplace, there has been some confusion around the regulatory requirements.  Uncured...

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