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: nesfp@tufts.edu 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: jennifer.hashley@tufts.edu or sanderson@comteam.org

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