Mobile Poultry Processing Unit Project
The Lampson Brook Open- Air MPPU is Open for Buisness for the 2012 Season!
After four years of sucessful, statewide operation, Massachusetts first and pioneering Mobile Poultry Processing Unit will be managed as a local fee for service in 2012.
Pioneer Valley Growers who are interested in learning more about the unit are encouraged to contact the NESFI office as early in the 2012 season as possible to learn about this service and necessary licensure and training requirements.
Why an MPPU?
Consumer interest in fresh, local, naturally produced and humanely treated meat and poultry is growing. Here in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, our farmers were among the first to express interest in this market over a decade ago. Their interest was triggered by availability of a new technology – mobile poultry processing units that can travel from farm to farm, enabling farmers to slaughter their own birds, under their own control, on their own farms. Under USDA and state regulations, small-scale growers, producing fewer than 20,000 birds each year, can take advantage of this option. The Lampson Brook Open-Air MPPU offers affordable access to, and mentoring in shared use of this processing equipment to local farmers who want to produce, process and direct market fresh poultry but cannot, on their own, bridge the gap between field and market without access to this technology.
... to USDA Rural Development RBEG, the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture, and New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (via MDAR/MAIC and NESARE grant sub-contracts) for funding support that has enabled MPPU design, fabrication and pilot testing, regulatory reserach and compliance, and producer training needed to launch mobile poultry processing as a viable option for Massachusetts' small scale and start-up poultry producer-processors.