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Mobile Poultry Processing Unit training

If you’re interested in growing and selling poultry for meat in Massachusetts, we can help! This year’s first workshop on how to use a mobile poultry processing unit (MPPU) in Massachusetts will be January 28th in North Grafton. See below for details:
Mobile Poultry Processing Unit Training – Part 1:Applying for a State Slaughter License to use MPPU
Training Partners include: New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, New England Small Farm Institute, Mass Dept of Agricultural Resources, Mass Dept of Environmental Protection, and
Mass Dept of Public Health
DATE: Thursday, January 28th
TIME: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
LOCATION: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Bernice Barbour Wildlife Medicine Building Conference Room
50 Willard Street, North Grafton, MA
MORE: $35 registration fee includes lunch and resource materials. If you don’t mind sharing resource materials, additional participants may attend for $15 each.
Pre-register before January 22nd by completing a registration form. Please make checks for $35 payable to: Community Teamwork, Inc. and return completed registration form to: New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, 9 Central Street, Suite 402, Lowell, MA 01852. You may also fax or email completed registration form to: or 866-306-3941

This training is targeted to farmers who wish to commercially raise and sell poultry to direct markets. This workshop is Part 1 of a multi-phase training process for MPPU use. For farmers who complete their state slaughter license and local board of health application and approval process, additional hands-on training and demonstration of MPPU use and operations will be scheduled in Spring 2010.
For more information on the MPPU project, visit New Entry’s website.
Morning Training Session (9:30 – noon) Includes:
* Federal/State/Local Poultry Processing Regulations
* Sanitation and Food Safety Procedures
* Solid Waste and Wastewater Handling
* Flock Health Certification
* MPPU Slaughter License application process
* 2010 MPPU Fees and Rental Policy
* Equipment & on-farm infrastructure needed to process poultry
Lunch Break (provided) noon
Afternoon Training Session (12:30 – 3:30 pm) Includes:
* Humane processing steps
* Pre-MPPU arrival procedures
* MPPU installation and setup on farm
* Pre-process sanitation of MPPU
* HACCP Record-Keeping logs
* Composting waste and water
* Packaging and Labeling
* Post-Operations sanitation and record-keeping requirements
* Economics of Poultry Production and Processing
* Opportunities for Individual Technical Assistance in regulatory application process
For questions about this training or the MPPU project, please contact Jennifer Hashley or Sam Anderson, 978-654-6745 or by email at: or

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Swine School available online

Last summer’s Swine School, held by New Entry and the Tufts Cummings School for Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA, is now available online in four parts:
… and it’s free! Thanks to John Dorman for putting all this together.

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