We are happy to offer two mobile processing units for the use of local producers of poultry and rabbits.
More info soon to come about our new Small Mobile Processing Unit (SMPU).
In collaboration with WSU Stevens County Extension, the Community Ag Center received a grant from Washington State Department of Agriculture to design, build, and test a large Mobile Poultry Processing Unit (MPPU). This unit has been used for several years in Stevens, Pend Oreille, and Ferry Counties.
The unit is under inspection by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and poultry or rabbit processed in the unit can be sold anywhere in the State of Washington with the appropriate license.
For commercial use of the unit (in order to sell processed poultry or rabbit), the poultry or rabbit grower must obtain a food processing license and an inspection from WSDA Food Safety Department. The only additional requirement is a satisfactory water sample test from the site where processing will take place. These requirements are quite easy to meet. For more details see this WSDA info sheet.
The mobile processing unit travels to the farm. Each scheduled producer will contact the previous user and pick up the unit at a mutually agreeable location.The producer is responsible for transporting the unit, providing a processing crew, cleaning the unit after use, and making the unit accessible to the next user.
For both commercial and personal use of the unit, CADC training and advance reservations are required. CADC board member Pete Thompson oversees the use of the mobile processing unit. Please see our guidelines for use of the MPPU. For information on use of the unit, training sessions and reservations, contact Pete at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This slide show gives both outside and inside views of the mobile poultry processing unit.
Want to have someone else process your birds for you? Kummer Farms in Deer Park processes poultry onsite weekly from April to mid-November. Call Kummer Farms at 509-999-3469 (be patient for a return call) or see our blog post here.