Poultry Processing Workshop

On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Workshop
Friday April 20, 2018 8:15 to 2:15

SD Farm, 608 Watertank Rd, Fleetwood, NC 28626

Hosted by Appalachian State University Sustainable Development Department (faculty/staff/students) Dr. Anne Fanatico, Todd Rudicill (Farm Manager) and Jim McLaughlin (Cornerstone Farm Ventures)

Featuring Virginia Tech Extension Specialist Dr. Leonie Jacob

Learn about on-farm poultry slaughter and packaging with hands-on instruction. We focus on animal welfare, organic methods, and food safety for poultry slaughter on small, diversified farms. We will slaughter SD Farm pasture-raised chickens (40) using our mobile processing unit (MPU). Learn about requirements for exempt slaughter in NC (1,000-bird exemption). Students in our farm classes will join us.

Note: 24-hour biosecurity policy (clean footwear and clothing and no prior contact with poultry or birds 24-hours before arriving at farm).

Attendance is limited. Call Anne Fanatico 828-262-6813 or Leonie Jacobs 540-231-4735 to reserve your place.

8:15-8:30 farmer and agent registration, welcome, introductions; coffee provided
8:45 - 9:00 Poultry slaughter Intro
9:00-11:15 Hand-on poultry slaughter instruction
11:15-12:15 Poultry welfare and Q&A (Leonie Jacob); lunch (bring your own lunch); cold drinks and cookies provided
12:15-1:00 cut up and deboning demo
1:15-2:15 poultry packaging (heat shrink demo)/tour of facilities
2:15 Wrap up

Advanced Poultry Nutrition and Management Instructor Jeff Mattocks

Date: Friday 4/27/2018 (Register before 4/25/2018)
Time; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Western Piedmont College, Morganton NC 28655
K Building Sustainable Agriculture Building

Cost: $25.00

Join Jeff Mattocks, vice president of Fertrell and renowned poultry nutritionist, as he goes in depth to maximize the nutrition for your poultry flock. Learn how to boost and shorten grow out, increase egg production and fertility, and improve the overall health of your birds all though exemplary nutrition. The morning session will cover poultry nutrition specifics, feed formulation and group discussion. A Heritage poultry lunch will be provided, followed by the afternoon session featuring a hands-on poultry workshop on the Western Piedmont Community College Farm. This session represents a rare opportunity to get one-on-one with Jeff and will be beneficial for the backyard flock raiser and commercial pastured poultry producer alike. Join us for a great day of education, good food, and hands-on poultry experience!

If you need more information or have questions, please contact Meagan Roberts at (828) 448-3562 or e-mail at
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Would you like to host a poultry workshop? We are looking for farmers across the US who have on farm processing equipment to host poultry processing workshops. We also offer classes on management, production and marketing. If you are interested please call our office at (336) 818.2682 and ask for information


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