The upcoming webinar at Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network may be of interest to farmers in Ashtabula County:
Mobile Slaughter Units
Mobile slaughter units have helped some small/niche livestock farmers address demand for local meat to offset the closure of many local processors. Hopefully this will provide some ideas for those of you considering one for your community. Could a mobile unit for fish/seafood be far behind (if there’s not one already)?
Mobile Slaughter Units (MSUs): An International Perspective
A Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar.
Date: February 18, 2015
Time: 9am PST/12pm EST
Duration: one hour
To attend: Go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/nichemeat 5-10 minutes before start time and log in as a guest.
All NMPAN webinars are free and open to the public.
The first USDA-inspected mobile slaughter unit (MSU) for red meat species began operating in 2002. Since then, MSUs have not only evolved in size and design but have also gone international: Europe, South America, Papua New Guinea, and soon in Africa.
On this webinar we’ll hear about MSUs operating both in the U.S. and overseas: learning how they meet regulatory requirements, handle animals humanely, manage water, assure food safety, and more. We’ll discuss MSU design concepts, challenges and future improvements and leave plenty of time for Q&A.
Thomas Lyck, Hälsingestintan (Sweden)
Bruce Dunlop, Island Grown Farmer’s Co-Op (USA), and designer of MSUs in Chile and Papua New Guinea
Mike Callicrate, Ranch Foods Direct (USA)
For more information: email Kathryn Quanbeck, NMPAN Program Manager: kathryn.quanbeck[at]oregonstate[dot]edu.
How to join NMPAN: go to the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network website, type your email address into the box on the right, and click “subscribe.”