On Saturday, June 25, Glynwood Farm will be hosting an all-day workshop about poultry processing on your own farm. The workshop will take place in the classroom and onsite at Glynwood’s poultry processing facility. Topics include:

  • proper techniques for processing poultry
  • information on health, sanitation and safety issues
  • correct methods for handling, packaging, and storing the poultry
  • equipment necessary for processing poultry

The morning session covers health, sanitation legal issues and an overview of proper equipment. The afternoon session is hands-on and participants will learn the proper techniques for humane poultry processing as well as techniques for packaging, sale and storage. The workshop will also address issues relating to Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP).  According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, HACCP is a “management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.”
       Instructor Jim McLaughlin is the owner of Cornerstone Farm Ventures, which provides sales and consulting assistance to the meat and poultry processing industry. Prior to opening Cornerstone Farm Ventures, he worked in the agriculture field in both animal feed manufacturing and for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Resource Conservation and Development Project as a livestock production specialist. In this capacity he worked extensively to keep meat processing plants open to insure that livestock producers were able to have their animals locally processed and packaged. At the continual request of farmers Jim decided to start his own business providing poultry processing equipment to individuals and both state and federal slaughterhouses.
      The class begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. Class size is limited and pre-registration is necessary. The price of the event is $60, and includes morning coffee and lunch beverages. Please register by calling 845-265-3338.  Visit http://www.glynwood.org/ for more details.
Photo courtesy of Glynwood

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