On-Farm Poultry Processing Workshop June 7th

Profitable- bagging birdsConsumer interest in locally raised pastured poultry is high, and many small-scale farmers are working to meet this demand. One challenge these farmers encounter is that there are no federally-inspected slaughterhouses in NY and state-inspected plants are few and far between. So most small commercial producers take advantage of federal legislation allowing producers raising less than 1,000 chickens/year (or less than 250 turkeys) to sell poultry they raise, slaughter and process on their own farm in uninspected facilities. The next problem the small-scale poultry processor faces is getting farm insurance coverage, particularly product liability insurance.

Cooperative Extension of Allegany County provides the required training to meet the needs for small-scale producers. By providing a workshop with hands-on training in the processing of birds and demonstration of proper technique for dressing poultry along with a review requirements for selling poultry under 1000 bird exemption in NYS.

Workshop participants will learn to recognize diseases of public health concern, take basic biosecurity measures, write and implement basic Standard Sanitary Operating Procedures, develop Good Manufacturing Practices and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point plans, and properly dispose of offal and waste water. The next training will be held Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3 PM at Wild Geese Farm in Rushford, NY.

There is a $75 fee per farm for the training, pre-registration is required and space is limited.Includes lunch for 2 participants per farm and 1 packet of materials. For more information please contact Lynn Bliven (585) 268 7644 ext. 18 or email lao3@cornell.edu

To register online: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/OnFarmPoultryProcessing_202

Violet Stone

Violet's work focuses on creating retreats, workshops and programs for the agricultural community centered on themes of connection, wellness, purpose, integrity and courage. She sees this work as contributing to a more inclusive ‘culture’ of agriculture where all voices are warmly welcomed, honored and celebrated, including the voices of our ‘inner teachers’, sometimes referred to as 'spirit' or 'soul'. Violet serves as the NY SARE Coordinator and can help farmers and educators navigate NESARE grant opportunities.
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