Small Scale Poultry Processing

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A growing number of small producers are rais-ing poultry outdoors on pasture, processing the birds on-farm, and selling the meat directly to customers at the farm or at a farmers’ market. Many states allow up to 1,000 birds to be processed on a farm each year and sold directly to consumers with no inspection. Some of these small producers are go-ing furthe —building government-licensed process- ing plants to supply regional or niche markets. Spe-cialty “religious kill” is often done in small plants. “Kosher” is the term for Jewish slaughter and “halaal” for Muslim slaughter.

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