Additional Meat Processing Resources

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Marketing ideas:

Processing Information:

NOTE:  ANY meat processing done on the farm in Sonoma County requires a Use Permit.  Please contact the Agriculture Ombudsman to discuss this: 707-565-2328.

Organizations and Newsletters

  • Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network a Cooperative Extension community of practice that works on a national and sometimes international level providing technical assistance to niche meat processors, meat producers, and the wider niche meat value chain. Subscribe to their Google Group.
  • North American Meat Association a national trade association that represents companies that process 95 percent of red meat and 70 percent of turkey products in the US and their suppliers throughout America.
  • Small Plant News by USDA FSIS.

Meat Food Safety and HACCP

Processing Plant

Mobile Processing

Pricing Cuts of Meat

Cooperative Extension at Cornell University created the Cornell Price & Yield Calculator that will help you price meat for a profit. This is for beef, lamb, pork and goats.

Meat & Poultry Harvest & Processing Facilities:

  • Grimaud Farms, Stockton - USDA poultry, large minimums, this plant is mostly for their own product, but they make it available to outside producers one day a week, pick up day later.
  • Marin Sun Farms, Petaluma - harvest, cut & wrap, USDA, beef, lambs, pork and goats.
  • New American Poultry, Sacramento - USDA harvest, leaves on feet and head, same day pick up.
  • Sonoma County Meat Company, Santa Rosa - cut & wrap, CDFA and USDA meat processing (no poultry or ducks), USDA value add available: sausage, smoked.
  • Squab Producers, Modesto - USDA poultry.
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Poultry Specific:

Please visit On-farm Poultry Processing with USDA Exemption for details specific to poultry processing.

Additional UCCE Poultry References:
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