[Sticky] Poultry Processing - Rules & Resource Links  


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A person may slaughter and process (on his or her farm) poultry that he/she raised and he/she can sell that poultry in the state under our state exemption laws. The equipment can be rented to other farmers (per the 1,000 and 20,000 bird exemption).  Farmers cannot process birds for others as a fee for service or congregate together on one farm to group process.  The equipment can be rented for a fee to a farmer and/or their staff to use to process their own birds on their own farm.  Equipment can be rented over state lines IF the other state(s) have poultry exemption laws in place as well (but product must be sold within state).

Although preferred, farmers do not have to be listed as an approved exempt operators in order to use an MPU for sale under the exemption guidelines.  For regulatory questions, please contact NCDA Meat and Poultry Inspection Division

Additional Processing Resources

These links provide information for On-Farm Poultry Processing including harvesting, pre-processing, processing, and post-processing tips.

Best Management Practices for On-Farm Poultry Processing (PDF)

On Farm Poultry Breakdown (Video)


Additional Resources

Niche Meat Processing Assistance Network (NMPAN)  Poultry Specific Resources including a list of USDA Inspected Poultry Plants for Independent Farmers

NCDA Consumer Services Meat & Poultry Inspection Division (Website)

Poultry Processing Exempt Regulations

Poultry Exemption Requirements (1,000 or less birds)

Poultry Exemption Requirements (20,000 or less or less birds )