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New! Guide to On-Farm Poultry Slaughter

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? Check out the latest guide published by the Cornell Small Farms Program. Designed to complement a hands-on training in how to properly kill and prepare a poultry carcass for sale, this guide focuses on the critical points for producing a product that is safe to eat.

This 28-page guide contains sections on the 1000-bird limit exemption, where you can legally sell your birds under this exemption, labeling requirements, sanitary operating procedures and more. It includes several appendices, such as a sample flock record log and a questionnaire that your insurance company may use to assess your knowledge of safe poultry processing practices.

If you process less than 1000 birds/year on your farm, following the practices in this guide doesn’t guarantee that you’ll find an insurance company willing to provide you with liability insurance. But demonstrating to insurers your knowledge of best practices in poultry slaughter and processing may help convince them that you’re not a high-risk operation.

The Guide is available either by PDF or viewing online at the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project Website.

You can also download a summary of poultry processing regulations, a simple one-page document created by the Cornell Small Farms Program which summarizes poultry processing options, labeling requirements, and licensing information. It is a simple guide to help you determine which option applies to your processing unit. The summary can be downloaded here.


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