I'm in Texas and looking for or looking to start a poultrty slaugher house

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  1. babalubird

    babalubird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Help!

    So tired of not beiing able to expand our farmer's market poultry biz! Want to offer poultry meat but can't find a slaughter house here to do it for me or can't decifer the state and USDA rules for starting our own without having to mortgage my soul to finance it!

    I see USDA offers an exemption for 1000 birds a year. That would be a start, though I would hope for bigger numbers.

    But I can't figure out if Texas honors this, since their rules on the USDA's second exemption with a few more rules for 20,000 birds a year is different. I understand Texas llimits it to 10,000.

    Anyone here doing their own slaughtering and selling away from the farm? Or does anyone know a slaughter house where I can legally sell after slaughter?

    I sure could use some guidance.

    Thanks.

    Connie
     
  2. ShellBelle

    ShellBelle Out Of The Brooder

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    I hope you find what you need... Where are you located??
     
  3. showbarnmom

    showbarnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Contact local butcher shops, like where you would take a hog or cow to be processed. They may process birds. We use to have a local boy here who did them, but have no clue if he still does.
     
  4. babalubird

    babalubird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nooooo, our local slaughter houses that do goats, sheep and cattle will not do chickens. It is apparently not worth their while financially or perhaps the state rules do not allow them to do both, most likely! And yes, I have inquired if they know anyone who can and the answer was no.

    You cannot get a "good ol' boy" to do your slaughtering for you here in Texas and then sell the results at a farmer's market. It either has to be your own certified slaughterhouse on your property or a state or USDA certified slaughterhouse, thank you, Big Brother!

    I am in Hubbard between Corsicana and Waco, TX.

    So, again, does anyone in Texas know of a place I have missed?

    Thank you.

    Connie
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013
  5. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea for TX. but, near me in MI there is a 10 month a year, strictly poultry processing business. They started the USDA plant in 2007. It has all the right $ equipment and when I asked them how manybirds they process a day ? I was told 300 birds / 5 days a week. I was only charged $3. a bird.and a dollar extra if I wanted it quartered and that included everything - weighed, vacuum sealed packaging, labled and ready to freeze. I saw at least 10 people that work there. I don't know how they are making any money? I'm not complaining, I know it's a great deal but, just doesn't add up.
     
  6. showbarnmom

    showbarnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try this guy. He is in new braunfels. He does all our 4-H culls. He may know who can help contact Jacob Coppedge, Plant Manager-Texas Quail Farms, at 830-305-6735.
     
  7. babalubird

    babalubird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just sseeing this after so long. Thanks. Will check out TX Quail Farm.
     

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