USDA Poultry Processors for Small Farmers - Resources while Foothills Pilot Plant is Closed
USDA Poultry Processors for Small Farmers that are Currently Accepting New Customers:
Marksbury Farm Market 7907 Nicholasville Rd., Lancaster, KY 40444
Travel: 436 miles from Greensboro, NC | About 7 hours
Notes: Currently taking new customers. No turkeys, no ducks. Seasonally chicken processing. Processing chicken until end of October. Resumes late spring/early summer 2018.
King & Sons Poultry Service 8091 Horatio Harris Creek Rd., Bradford, OH 45308
Travel: 479 miles from Greensboro, NC | About 7 ½ hours
Notes: Currently takes new customers. Chicken and turkeys. No ducks. Limited Thanksgiving Turkey processing - must call to find out availability. Would be willing to open on for a minimum of 500 turkeys.
Marble City Meats 514 Odena Rd. N, Sylacauga, AL 35150
Travel: 461 miles from Greensboro, NC | About 7 hours
Notes: Currently only processing hogs. Might re-open in time to process turkeys. Uncertain.
S & S Enterprises 9010 Richardsville Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42101
Travel: 497 miles from Greensboro, NC | About 8 hours
Notes: Taking new customers as of . Processes chicken and ducks.
Please note that Williamsburg Packing is currently not taking new customers. Might take new customers in January 2018.
Williamsburg Packing 920 Eastland Ave., Kingstree, SC 29556
Travel: 196 miles from Greensboro, NC | About 3 hours
Notes: Currently not taking new customers. Might take new customers in January 2018. Processes chicken, turkey, and ducks
Mobile Processing Units (MPUs) Available for Rent
Darby Farms, Union Mill, NC
Contact: Daniel Dover
Phone: (678) 617-3468
Windy Bottoms Farm, Orange County
Contact: John Frank
Other info: “We have recently put together a mobile poultry processing unit based out of Mebane, NC and it is available for rent and we would love to get on the list you mentioned in this e-mail. It is an open air unit with Featherman equipment (scalder, manual dunker, killing cone station, two stainless steel tables, stainless steel sink, water heater, multiple chilling tanks, and shrink bag station. We also have two chicken crates for handling and transport of poultry (works for ducks too). It is on a 16 foot utility trailer for easy transport.”
NC State Extension, Harnett County Center
Contact: Brian Parrish
Pricing: $75 for 3-day rental + $25 fee to join Livestock Association
Appalachian State University
Contact: Todd Rudicill
Pricing: $50 for 3 day rental
Tar River Poultry Initiative, LLC Franklin County
Contact: Julie Gupton
Phone: 919-414-3759 (call or text)
Address: 370 Brewer Road, Louisburg, NC 27549
Pricing: Rate of rental will vary according to the species of birds to be processed, quantity of birds to be processed and the distance of travel from our base location in Franklin Co. and the farm's location. For chickens rates start at $99/day (max. 50 birds), $149/day (51 to 99 birds) and $199/day (100+ birds). Transport fee will depend on location of the farm (we have not yet set a rate for that).
Other info: “The unit is not equipped to handle waterfowl at this time. The MPPU is a 7' x 14' bumper pull open trailer. The equipment mounted/housed on the MPPU consists of a 4' kill station (serves up to 4 birds at a time), an automatic scalder with rotating dunker (serves up to 6 chickens or 2 turkeys at a time), 27" S.S. plucker (serves up to 50 lbs of chicken or 30-40 lbs of turkey) and two evisceration tables that can accommodate up to two workers per table, all electrical & plumbing connections up to sources and some misc. accessories to aid in processing, cleaning and storage of the equipment for the unit. The farm will need to provide labor, LP gas cylinder, 120v power supply & potable water source within 75' of the site where unit will be setup, enough ice and coolers to sufficiently cool the birds to be processed, cutlery and misc. containers for handling waste & edibles during processing. Waste disposal and water management will be the responsibility of the farm. The farm must be prepared to chill, store and package their birds once processing has been completed.”