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New Resource for Building a Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse

The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse by Ali BerlowAli Berlow’s new book, “Building a Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse” is a 144 page manual for building a humane, mobile chicken-processing unit. She shares her experience of establishing an MPPT (mobile poultry processing trailer) on Martha’s Vineyard as a kind of recipe for how other communities can create their own, economically viable facility.   From gathering the potential players, to sample agendas for meetings, to using social media to engage the larger community, to getting a permit, Berlow’s book provides great examples for solving problems you might encounter on your own path.

Berlow’s mobile facility is a response to the difficulties small farmers face when it comes to processing their birds.  Currently 4 companies control about 60% of the processing market, and small-scale plants are almost extinct, stifling the growth of the increasing number of new, small-scale farmers.  That this could be a viable solution is demonstrated by the impact the MPPT had on Berlow’s home island.  Before the MPPT, island farmers were raising about 200 birds.  In 2012, 9,000 broilers were raised, slaughtered and sold resulting in $180,000 in gross revenue to the farmers and $40,000 in salaries for the Chicken Crew, and of course, plenty of good meat for local residents.

The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse is available at It includes:

  • Step-by-step instructions for assembling the materials and building the unit
  •  How to take a crew through the entire process of killing and processing the first chicken
  •  A guide to preparing for the board-of-health inspection
  •  The author’s personal account of the unit’s implementation and success in Massachusetts
  •  Checklists and to-do lists for the well-prepared farmer

The paperback version is $12.15 or Kindle version is $9.95.

You can visit Ali Berlow’s website here, or follow her on Facebook here.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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