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New Resource for Building a Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse

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If you’re raising chickens for meat and lack easy access to a humane, local slaughterhouse, a mobile slaughter and processing unit may be what you need. This guide shows you how fund, build, and permit a mobile facility to be used by a community of farmers, or as part of a business.

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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 worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


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