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Virginia’s Own Mobile Slaughter and Processing Unit

Market opportunities abound for small acreage producers to raise small ruminants and sell value added meat products for direct sale to local niche markets (roadside markets, farmers markets, community supported agriculture, online sales, buying clubs, regional food hubs). However, small-scale animal producers often lack access to a convenient, affordable, efficient animal slaughtering, meat packing and retail distribution system. This is especially evident for livestock producers located in central, southern and eastern Virginia.

The purpose of this program is to establish a simple, yet safe Mobile Slaughter Processing Unit (MSPU) operation to promote small ruminant meat production and marketing. The unit is currently in production and should be at VSU, equipped and certified to begin processing in January 2019