Interest in a new southernIL/St Louis USDA inspected processing plant?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by cockandbullfarms, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. cockandbullfarms

    cockandbullfarms New Egg

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    Hey Everybody,

    Im new to the forum, but my wife and I have been raising chickens for several years.

    I am looking at starting a commercial USDA inspected poultry processing plant open to local producers in the STL/ southern IL area. Im curious to see if there is any interest, I know there are alot of backyard producers with free-range chickens for egg and meat production. Im thinking that the USDA inspected option is key, and custom butchering of poultry for whole, cut up, and pieces of chicken, vacuum sealed, labeled and ready to go would be idea. to the best of my knowledge, the only processing plants available to the open public is in central IL, and I hear there is one out by springfield MO.

    If youre in the STL area raise chickens, source free range or organic chickens for your store or restaraunt, or possibly are involved with a local food co-op or farmers market, please let me know.

    Im taking a straw poll, and trying to do some market research to put my business plan together, and investigate funding options.

    Please email me if you would be interested in a STL processing plant... information that would be helpful to me would be:
    -how many chickens do you have processed annually?
    -what months of the year are you rasing chickens, what months of the year are you having them processed?
    -what size/weight do you normally have your chickens processed at?
    -what do you typically pay for processing per chicken ?
    -are you involved with a co-op, sourcing free range or organic chickens? How big of a market is out there for producers to sell their chickens to market?
    -do you have chicken processing experience? if so, I would love to have a conversation with you.

    We are meeting with the IL Dept of Ag, and are discussing the USDA regulations, and just starting a feasibility analysis to see if this is even do-able.

    Any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated,

    I appreciate your time
     
  2. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I live in that area (Mt. Vernon), and do not know of any broiler producers, other than a few backyard flocks who consume and produce for self purposes. I do know of one Turkey production place, of which I believe is Amish, or Mennanite.
     
  3. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    Quote:Theres only one processing plant in the state, its in Arthur IL. They charge $2.25 a bird for cornish, more for DP birds. I would be interested if It werent so far down south. You should also try posting on the Illinois thread.
     
  4. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You should also try posting on the Illinois thread.

    what/ where is that?
     
  5. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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  6. Carron Acres

    Carron Acres New Egg

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    My friend would be very interested as she is raising guinea. Versailles is 3 hours, but still the closest from her place in Leslie.
     
  7. familyfarm4us

    familyfarm4us New Egg

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    Did you start this business? We are considering purchasing chickens and turkey and would need a local processor.

    Thanks!
     
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    There is another plant in Loose Creek, MO.
     

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