Poultry and rabbit processing workshop (Western NC)

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  1. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

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    I didn't know whether to post this here (seemed like the right place) or the swap part, but I am not selling anything and get no profit off of this so thought here was best.


    I just got this in e-mail from Casey from Foothills Family Farms (they are in charge of the poultry workshop and mobile processing unit) and thought I'd pass it along in case anyone is close enough to attend/wants to.

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    Announcing
    2008 On Farm Processing Workshops
    For Poultry and Rabbit Meat Production

    October 18 and 19, 2008
    Marion and Old Fort, NC
    Featuring Dr. James McNitt and Anne Fanatico

    The Independent Small Animal Meat Processors Association (ISAMPA) and Foothills Family Farms are pleased to announce two half-day workshops for small scale harvesting and processing of poultry and rabbits. Training is designed to increase participants’ knowledge of processing techniques to maximize product quality and increase profitability of small-scale meat production. All activities will contribute to planning and organizing a small scale meat production business under exemption from North Carolina Meat and Poultry Inspection laws.

    On Saturday, October 18, participants will gather at the McDowell County Agricultural Barn in Marion to learn about processing rabbits. Rabbit farmer Walter Harrill will lead the workshop as participants harvest and process rabbits ready for market. Dr. James McNitt, a nationally renowned expert on rabbit production from Southern University in Louisiana, will present on food safety issues critical to proper small scale processing.

    On Sunday, October 19, participants will meet in Old Fort as pastured poultry producers Meredith and Casey McKissick lead a hands-on training workshop using a Mobile Processing Unit (MPU) for increased efficiency of on-farm poultry processing. Small scale poultry expert Anne Fanatico, of ATTRA and the National Center for Appropriate Technology, will discuss regional perspectives on the viability of pastured poultry.

    Registration cost is $10 per workshop, $15 for both days. Please RSVP by October 1 by calling Smithson Mills at 828-273-9119, or by emailing [email protected]. Please give your name, phone number, and email address when your register. Directions to both events will be provided.

    These workshops are organized by the Independent Small Animal Meat Processors Association of Western North Carolina (ISAMPA). ISAMPA’s mission includes: Promoting best practices for raising, processing and marketing small meat animals; support for the development of a small animal processing facility meeting state or federal inspection requirements, and; raising public awareness of small animal meat products humanely raised and processed in a manner that contributes to the social, economic, and environmental well being of western North Carolina’s people and natural resources.

    Support comes from a USDA Value Added Producers Grant, Heifer International, and SARE. Simple lunches on both days will be served. Over->

    ISAMPA Rabbit Processing Workshop Agenda
    Saturday, October 18

    10am: Registration

    10:30am: Dr. James McNitt: Food Safety for Small Scale Processors

    11:45am: Questions and Answers

    Noon: Lunch

    1pm: Harvesting and Processing Rabbits: A Hands-On Training

    2:30pm: Questions and Answers

    3:00pm: Conclusion

    ISAMPA Poultry Processing Workshop Agenda
    Sunday, October 19

    12:00: Registration and Lunch

    12:30pm: Anne Fanatico: Regional Perspectives on the Viability of Pastured Poultry

    2:00pm: Questions and Answers

    2:30pm: Hands on training

    4:00pm: Conclusion


    Registration cost is $10 per workshop, $15 for both days. Please RSVP by October 1 by calling Smithson Mills at 828-273-9119, or by emailing [email protected]. Please give your name, phone number, and email address when your register. Directions to both events will be provided.
     
  2. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    Florida
    That is so cool. I have seen lots of help here about processing chickens, but not so much about processing rabbits.
     
  3. silverfilly

    silverfilly Peepin N' Cheepin

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    WOw I would so do this if It was closer to me. Cant seem to find anyone wanting to show me how, I got the rabbits and the roos.
     

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