List of Licensed NYS Slaughterhouses
A list of all USDA, NYS 5A and NYS Custom slaughterhouses, compiled by the Cornell Small Farms Program, can be found here. This list includes slaughterhouses approved before 2010 and includes all processors, regardless of whether or not they have a kill-floor.
Northeast Livestock Processing Service Company
The Northeast Livestock Processing Service Company, or NELPSC, connects farmers and processors for made-to-order meat products — and has historically increased sales for both. NELPSC was founded with support from the New York Farm Viability Institute, the Hudson Mohawk Resource Conservation and Development Council, and New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets. The company assists producers and processors with scheduling, in-plant oversight, technical and marketing assistance, and issue resolution. http://nelpsc.com/.
AskFSIS: Regulatory Meat Processing Resource
AskFSIS is an interactive Web-based application designed to help answer technical and policy-related questions from inspection program personnel, industry, consumer groups, other stakeholders, and the public. AskFSIS contains a knowledge base of questions and answers that is searchable and allows visitors to seek answers related to such diverse topics as exporting, labeling, and inspection-related policies, programs, and procedures. It automatically routes new questions that users submit to the appropriate staff. Users can register to be notified when answers are updated. Regulatory questions about meat processing. AskFSIS is a quick way to get definitive regulatory answers. Asking questions is easy and they usually get back to you within 24 hours, if the FAQ doesn’t have what you’re looking for. http://www.extension.org/pages/Ask_FSIS.
Glynwood’s Modular Harvest System Design
In April, 2010 Glynwood launched the Modular Harvest System™[MHS] in Delaware County, New York. The first mobile slaughterhouse to be launched east of the Mississippi, it is a real-world model that demonstrates an innovative solution to address the acute need for accessible, humane, and high-quality slaughterhouses in the Northeast. A description of the model and its design can be found here.
On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guidelines
Do you process less than 1000 poultry/year on your farm? Have you had difficulty getting liability insurance because your birds aren’t processed in an inspected facility? Designed to complement a hands-on training in how to properly kill and prepare a poultry carcass for sale.
Guide to Direct Marketing Livestock and Poultry
A Resource Guide to Direct Market Livestock and Poultry helps to clarify and explain the complex laws in layman terms, discussing slaughtering and processing at the custom, state, and federal levels and guiding farmers through the logistics of the various market channels.
Whole Animal Buying Guide
Funded in part by a SARE grant, “Beef and Pork Whole Animal Buying Guide” explains buying pork and beef as whole animals (or portions thereof) from local producers. Producers may consider using the publication to help clients make smart decisions and keep coming back. It explains marketing terms, information on storage and handling, meat inspection, meat cut out weight, and includes color photos of common retail beef and pork cuts by primal. This guide brings all the necessary pieces together in one easy-to-use resource. Free PDF available online. Hard copies are available in color ($6.50) and B&W ($1). https://www.extension.iastate.edu/store/ItemDetail.aspx?ProductID=13056.
Interactive Meat Case: An Online Beef Direct-Marketing Tool
In an effort to help shoppers learn more about beef cuts, the Beef Checkoff launched the Interactive Meat Case. The online tool features sections including steaks, roasts and ribs, ground beef and prepared cuts, or visitors can search by cut. It highlights cut descriptions, recipes, cooking tips and more. “We wanted to help consumers with their cooking and meal-planning process,” said Meredith Stevens, manager of digital media for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.
Northeast Sheep & Goat Marketing Program
Cornell Department of Animal Science provides a library of marketing information to enable Northeastern producers to make informed decisions to improve the success of their enterprises. The web site has articles on marketing subjects and current marketing news items. Lists of Northeast slaughterhouses, along with information on whether they use sheep or goats, have been the first tools to be put in place. http://www.sheepgoatmarketing.info
Demand and Options for Local Meat Processing Study
This study, conducted by the Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, lays out several possible solutions to the shortage of slaughter options in the CT River Valley region, determines the demand for processing services through a farmer survey, outline the pros and cons of a small-scale facility, and review the economic feasibility for one livestock processing scenario. This study, while applied here to the Connecticut River Valley, has far reaching implications for various farming regions.
Online Certification for Sheep Quality Assurance
You can become Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance (SSQA) Level 1 certified from the comfort of your own home. The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) provides access to an online version of this training. The Level 1 training is designed to educate producers on the basics of assuring safety and quality in American lamb products, to describe and define the safety and quality guidelines, and to assure that producers understand the concepts and reasoning behind the development of the guidelines and the importance of their implementation. www.sheepusa.org/Online_Education.
Mobile Slaughter Unit Compliance Webinar
In May 2010, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a draft Mobile Slaughter Unit Compliance Guide. The guide was written for owners and managers of a new or existing red meat or poultry mobile slaughter unit who want to operate under federal inspection. The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network recently hosted a webinar to explain the guide and answer questions with the help of a Policy Officer from USDA-FSIS. http://www.extension.org/pages/19234/mobile-slaughterprocessing-units.
SARE Farmer Grants
Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. If you wish to apply for a SARE farmer grant, visit the website for more information on the grant and application deadlines.
Betsy F. Hodge
Cornell Cooperative Extension
2043B State Highway 68
Canton, NY 13617
Betsy Hodge has a series of sheep and goat newsletters that can be found at http://www.sheepgoatmarketing.info/news.php
Department of Animal Science, Extension Associate
Northeast Sheep & Goat Marketing Program
Goat Management Tool
Goat producers now have a new tool to help manage their herds. The Meat Goat Management Wheel – jointly developed through a partnership of University of Missouri Extension, the National Center for Approriate Technology, Missouri State University and Lincoln University – helps goat farmers refine their schedule to enhance goat production. The wheel lists 17 steps, beginning with managing bucks and evaluating does’ body condition before breeding begins, through analyzing and scheduling animal replacement strategy, to market strategy after the kids have been weaned. In combination with a wall calendar, the easy-to-use tool helps producers stay on schedule and know when to carry out important goat herd management operations. http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=MP913.
Temple Grandin’s Web Page
Information about livestock behavior, design of facilities, and humane slaughter from Dr. Temple Grandin, a designer of livestock handling facilities and an Associate Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. This web page was put up to educate people throughout the world about modern methods of livestock handling which will improve animal welfare and productivity. http://www.grandin.com/.
Sheep Shearing Videos from Penn State Extension
Producers interested in learning to shear their own sheep, or those who may just need a refresher to brush up on their skills, can now look to the Web for help on shearing sheep. Finding someone to shear your sheep is becoming more difficult and expensive every year. We hope these videos will get you on a good track to doing your own shearing. The Penn State Extension’s Start Farming team created two videos, one explaining the tools needed to shear sheep and preparing and caring for the shears, and one explaining the six positions to shear a sheep. To view the videos, please visit the Start Farming team’s website at: http://extension.psu.edu/start-farming/sheep/sheep-shearing-videos.
Maryland Small Ruminant Page
University of Maryland hosts this site, with the purpose of this web site is to provide information to sheep and goat producers and anyone else interested in sheep and goat production. The site consists of original documents and images as well as a comprehensive list of links pertaining to small ruminants. http://www.sheepandgoat.com/.
Cornell Sheep Program
Cornell Department of Animal Science’s management, and marketing information for sheep and goat producers. http://www.sheep.cornell.edu/index.html.