The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse: A Complete Guide to Building and Using a Humane, Safe, and Local Processing Unit for Chickens and Other Poultry

The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse: A Complete Guide to Building and Using a Humane, Safe, and Local Processing Unit for Chickens and Other Poultry

by Ali Berlow
     
 

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If you’re raising poultry for meat and lack easy access to a humane slaughterhouse, a mobile slaughter and processing unit may be the solution. Ali Berlow shows you how to build a unit that accommodates all types of poultry and can easily be moved to any location, making it a great cooperative investment for a community of small-scale farmers. Covering the

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If you’re raising poultry for meat and lack easy access to a humane slaughterhouse, a mobile slaughter and processing unit may be the solution. Ali Berlow shows you how to build a unit that accommodates all types of poultry and can easily be moved to any location, making it a great cooperative investment for a community of small-scale farmers. Covering the mechanics of construction, sanitation, safety, and permitting processes, this guide shows you how a mobile slaughterhouse can make your poultry operation more self-sufficient.

Editorial Reviews

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
“Using her experience establishing a mobile poultry slaughterhouse on Martha’s Vineyard, Berlow comprehensively describes how to adapt her methods to other communities based on their unique needs to ensure an economically feasible production for poultry slaughter.”

Library Journal
Berlow (editor, Edible Vineyard) provides an in-depth guide to establishing an alternative to traditional slaughterhouses in the form of mobile poultry processing trailers (MPPT). The book is written from Berlow's firsthand experience with creating an MPPT on Massachusetts's Martha's Vineyard through the Island Grower's Initiative, which she founded. The development of the MPPT grew out of local farmers' need for an alternative to shipping their animals to the mainland for slaughter. Berlow begins by walking the reader through the process of establishing, organizing, funding, and staffing an MPPT. All the tools and supplies needed are laid out with diagrams illustrating an ideal MPPT setup. The process of acquiring a permit and the benefits of working with the system in place are provided. Berlow concludes with slaughtering advice and "day of" preparations along with recipes for serving humanely slaughtered chicken. Poultry producing books have proliferated in recent years; however, most have focused on slaughtering chickens for home consumption. None have laid out the details for putting together a small-scale slaughterhouse. VERDICT Readers and communities with an interest in organizing an MPPT will find this resource invaluable.—Lacy S. Wolfe, Ouachita Baptist Univ. Lib., Arkadelphia, AR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612121291
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)

What People are saying about this

Polyface Farm Joel Salatin
"Ali's concise manual describes a prototype for thriving community-based food systems. Well done."

Geraldine Brooks
"In the guise of a practical how-to primer, Ali Berlow has written a profound and moving manifesto on our responsibility to animals, and to each other. This is, at heart, a book about how community works at its best, when ordinary people latch on to a great idea and have the energy and courage to bring it to life, no matter what the obstacles. Read it with joy."

Executive Director of Food & Water Watch and autho Wenonah Hauter
"Ali Berlow's book is an invaluable resource for people interested in rebuilding their local food processing infrastructure. The book covers not just the nuts and bolts of building a processing unit, but also the lessons learned about finances, regulation, and relationships, allowing communities around the country to benefit from the long journey to create Martha's Vineyard's homegrown poultry project."

Bonnie Bucqueroux
“These are the kinds of nuts-and-bolts pieces of a sustainable food system that are so important. Makes some people wince, but a book such as this is invaluable.”

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Meet the Author

Temple Grandin is the best-selling author of Animals in Translation,Thinking in Pictures, and Humane Livestock Handling. Grandin’s humane livestock facility designs have been adopted all over the world, and she is a trusted advisor to several segments of the fast food industry. Her work has been featured on 20/20, Nature, 48 Hours, and The Today Show. Grandin is Assistant Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.

Ali Berlow is the author of The Food Activist Handbook and The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse, and the co-owner of Edible Vineyard magazine. Berlow founded and served as the first executive director of Island Grown Initiative, a grassrooots nonprofit that encourages and supports a resilient and accessible local food system on Martha’s Vineyard. She lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, and in Putney, Vermont.

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