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NY State Slaughterhouse Map

Are you a livestock or poultry farmer looking for a slaughterhouse and/or processing facility? You’ve probably discovered that the kind of species you raise, the unique production practices you use, and the way you market your meats are all factors in determining the type of slaughterhouse facility that’s right for you. The new NY Slaughterhouse Map  can help simplify your search for the most suitable facility. Need to learn more about the different classifications? Definitions are provided here.

Poultry Processor Web Listing by State

Are you or a local farmer looking for a place that can process your poultry flocks? Are you a processor that would like some free advertising? ATTRA – the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service – has an interactive poultry processor web listing by state. To view and add information to the database visit the site at If you know of a processor in your area, or are a processor yourself, you can also email with the name and contact information.

AskFSIS: Regulatory Meat Processing Resource

AskFSIS is an interactive Web-based application designed to help answer technical and policy-related questions from inspection program personnel, industry, consumer groups, other stakeholders, and the public. AskFSIS contains a knowledge base of questions and answers that is searchable and allows visitors to seek answers related to such diverse topics as exporting, labeling, and inspection-related policies, programs, and procedures. It automatically routes new questions that users submit to the appropriate staff. Users can register to be notified when answers are updated. Regulatory questions about meat processing. AskFSIS is a quick way to get definitive regulatory answers. Asking questions is easy and they usually get back to you within 24 hours, if the FAQ doesn’t have what you’re looking for. You can also contact the Small Plant Help Desk at 1-877-FSIS-HELP or

Summary of Poultry Processing Regulations

Published by the Cornell Small Farms Program, this information sheet summarizes poultry processing options, labeling requirements, and licensing information. It is a simple guide to help you determine which option applies to your processing unit. The summary can be downloaded here.

Glynwood’s Modular Harvest System Design

In April, 2010 Glynwood launched the Modular Harvest System™[MHS] in Delaware County, New York. The first mobile slaughterhouse to be launched east of the Mississippi, it is a real-world model that demonstrates an innovative solution to address the acute need for accessible, humane, and high-quality slaughterhouses in the Northeast. A description of the model and its design can be found here.

Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network

NMPAN is a network and info hub for people and organizations who want small meat processors to thrive. They offer tools and information for small processors and the farmers, marketers, and meat buyers who depend on them.

CCE Meat Yield and Price Calculator

The Cornell Cooperative Extension has made available an interactive spreadsheet to determine the yield and cost of processing beef, pork, lamb, and goat, along with a pricing sheet with adjusted and suggested pricing. CCE Meat Yield & Price Calculator.

Cornell Online Livestock Yield and Price Calculator

The “Livestock Price & Yield Calculator” exists as part of, an online directory of over 160 New York State farms selling meat in bulk. The calculator has been designed to allow farms to enter their own data and profit goals, then price their meat with the assurance of meeting those goals. These features make the calculator a vital tool for farmers to create pricing for each marketing channel they utilize, whether selling whole carcasses or meat by-the-cut. For success, users need to prepare in advance by gathering their current meat prices, invoice from their processor, and the weights of cuts from one average animal in their herd. With this information on hand, the calculator takes about ten minutes to use.

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Securing the Future of the New York State Livestock Industry: The 2017 NY Small Farm Summit focused on the opportunities to grow the New York livestock industry. Information gathered from the Summit, surveys and further research helped articulate barriers to growth, and priorities for research and extension efforts to support the industry. View Online & Download [PDF] Authors: Anu Rangarajan, Erica Frenay, Michael Baker, Tatiana Stanton, Nancy Glazier and Betsy Hodge | 2018 | 18 pp

On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guidelines: Do you process less than 1000 poultry/year on your farm? Have you had difficulty getting liability insurance because your birds aren’t processed in an inspected facility?  Designed to complement a hands-on training in how to properly kill and prepare a poultry carcass for sale. Free Download [PDF](5.50 MB) |  View Online [HTML] Authors: Lynn Bliven, tatiana Stanton, Erica Frenay | 2012 | 30 pp

Guide to Direct Marketing Livestock and Poultry: A Resource Guide to Direct Market Livestock and Poultry helps to clarify and explain the complex laws in layman terms, discussing slaughtering and processing at the custom, state, and federal levels and guiding farmers through the logistics of the various market channels. Free Download [WORD] (15.6 MB)  |  View Online [HTML] Authors: Martha Goodsell, tatiana Stanton | 2012 | 165 pp


Northeast Sheep & Goat Marketing Program

Cornell Department of Animal Science provides a library of marketing information to enable Northeastern producers to make informed decisions to improve the success of their enterprises. The web site has articles on marketing subjects and current marketing news items. Lists of Northeast slaughterhouses, along with information on whether they use sheep or goats, have been the first tools to be put in place.

SARE: How to Direct Market Your Beef

How to Direct Market Your Beef portrays how one couple used its family’s ranch to launch a profitable, grass-based beef operation focused on direct market sales. From slaughtering to packaging, through labeling and advertising, Jan and Will Holder transform their real-life experiences to a compelling narrative rich with practical tips.

Interactive Butcher Counter: An Online Beef Direct-Marketing Tool

In an effort to help shoppers learn more about beef cuts, the Beef Checkoff launched the Interactive Butcher Counter. The online tool features sections including steaks, roasts and ribs, ground beef and prepared cuts, or visitors can search by cut. It highlights cut descriptions, recipes, cooking tips and more. “We wanted to help consumers with their cooking and meal-planning process,” said Meredith Stevens, manager of digital media for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Whole Animal Buying Guide

Funded in part by a SARE grant, “Beef and Pork Whole Animal Buying Guide” explains buying pork and beef as whole animals (or portions thereof) from local producers. Producers may consider using the publication to help clients make smart decisions and keep coming back. It explains marketing terms, information on storage and handling, meat inspection, meat cut out weight, and includes color photos of common retail beef and pork cuts by primal. This guide brings all the necessary pieces together in one easy-to-use resource. Free PDF available online. Hard copies are available in color ($6.50) and B&W ($1).

Demand and Options for Local Meat Processing Study

This study, conducted by the Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, lays out several possible solutions to the shortage of slaughter options in the CT River Valley region, determines the demand for processing services through a farmer survey, outlines the pros and cons of a small-scale facility, and reviews the economic feasibility for one livestock processing scenario. This study, while applied here to the Connecticut River Valley, has far reaching implications for various farming regions.

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Training and Certification

Online Certification for Sheep Quality Assurance

You can become Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance (SSQA) Level 1 certified from the comfort of your own home. The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) provides access to an online version of this training. The Level 1 training is designed to educate producers on the basics of assuring safety and quality in American lamb products, to describe and define the safety and quality guidelines, and to assure that producers understand the concepts and reasoning behind the development of the guidelines and the importance of their implementation. 

Mobile Slaughter Unit Compliance Webinar

In May 2010, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a draft Mobile Slaughter Unit Compliance Guide. The guide was written for owners and managers of a new or existing red meat or poultry mobile slaughter unit who want to operate under federal inspection. The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network recently hosted a webinar to explain the guide and answer questions with the help of a Policy Officer from USDA-FSIS.

Safety Videos to Train Dairy Workers

The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) is promoting a series of on-boarding safety training videos for new dairy workers. These free videos were created by the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health & Safety (HICAHS) and are a valuable resource for dairy farmers looking to train new workers quickly and efficiently about safety from day one of employment.These videos are available for free on the HICAHS website, the NYCAMH website and on the U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers YouTube Channel. All videos are narrated in English and Spanish. Pre and post tests are also available, to assess workers knowledge of the safety concepts described in the videos.

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Funding Opportunities

SARE Farmer Grants

Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. If you wish to apply for a SARE farmer grant, visit the website for more information on the grant and application deadlines.

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Regional Resources


Betsy F. Hodge Livestock Educator Cornell Cooperative Extension
2043B State Highway 68 Canton, NY 13617
Betsy Hodge has a series of sheep and goat newsletters that can be found at

Tatiana Stanton Department of Animal Science, Extension Associate Northeast Sheep & Goat Marketing Program

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Temple Grandin’s Web Page

Information about livestock behavior, design of facilities, and humane slaughter from Dr. Temple Grandin, a designer of livestock handling facilities and an Associate Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. This web page was put up to educate people throughout the world about modern methods of livestock handling which will improve animal welfare and productivity.

Cornell Sheep Program

Cornell Department of Animal Science’s management and marketing information for sheep and goat producers. 

Maryland Small Ruminant Page

University of Maryland hosts this site, with the purpose of providing information to sheep and goat producers and anyone else interested in sheep and goat production. The site consists of original documents and images as well as a comprehensive list of links pertaining to small ruminants.

Small Ruminant Toolbox

Raising sheep and goats can be a fruitful way for small and limited-resource producers to diversify their operations. They just need the tools to make the enterprise successful, and a new Small Ruminant Toolbox developed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) fits that bill nicely. The free toolbox, which was funded by SARE, is a well-organized collection of some of the best information available on small ruminants.

Sheep Shearing Videos from Penn State Extension

Producers interested in learning to shear their own sheep, or those who may just need a refresher to brush up on their skills, can now look to the Web for help on shearing sheep. Finding someone to shear your sheep is becoming more difficult and expensive every year. We hope these videos will get you on a good track to doing your own shearing. The Penn State Extension’s Start Farming team created two videos, one explaining the tools needed to shear sheep and preparing and caring for the shears, and one explaining the six positions to shear a sheep. To view the videos, please visit the Start Farming team’s website at:

Low Input Lambing and Kidding Guide

Cornell University published this online online guide, titled “Low Input Lambing & Kidding: A Resource Guide for Managing Lambing and Kidding Efficiently Without Sacrificing Animal Well Being.” The guide is a compilation of anecdotal recommendations gleaned from 40 participating farmers and the authors’ experiences.

Goat Management Tool

Goat producers now have a new tool to help manage their herds. The Meat Goat Management Wheel – jointly developed through a partnership of University of Missouri Extension, the National Center for Approriate Technology, Missouri State University and Lincoln University – helps goat farmers refine their schedule to enhance goat production. The wheel lists 17 steps, beginning with managing bucks and evaluating does’ body condition before breeding begins, through analyzing and scheduling animal replacement strategy, to market strategy after the kids have been weaned. In combination with a wall calendar, the easy-to-use tool helps producers stay on schedule and know when to carry out important goat herd management operations.

Outdoor Pig Listserve

Raise Pigs Outdoors? Join the Outdoorpig listserve! Northeast producers of pigs raised outside or on pasture can ask questions of other producers, learn about relevant events, and buy and sell pigs on the outdoorpig listserve. To join, simply send an email to: and type the word “join” in the body of the message. Once subscribed, simply send a message to “” to connect with other pastured pig producers in the Northeast. The Outdoor Pig Producers Facebook group is another great resource for exchanging information. It can be joined at

Tools for Small and Mid-Sized Livestock and Poultry Producers

The USDA has released the guide “Tools for Small and Mid-Sized Livestock and Poultry Producers.” Explore USDA programs that can support opportunities in small and midsized livestock and poultry, see examples of how these programs are being used, explore additional research and tools, find partners, and ask questions at your local USDA service center. View the guide at

Cornell Goat Extension Facebook Page

Cornell Goat Extension provides information to goat producers through research, online resources, symposiums, and now a brand new Facebook page. They will be posting events, articles, and other information of interest to goat farmers on the page which can be found at

Grazing to Control Parasites

This free .pdf from ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture discusses an Integrated Pest Management system to combat the Barber Pole Worm in sheep. The guide discusses the life cycle of the worm, grazing management practices, and provides additional resources to control the flock. Find the publication here.

Cultivating Climate Resilience on Farms and Ranches

A new publication from Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) highlights strategies to manage climate risk within a farm or ranch operation and focuses on holistic solutions to improve resiliency. A free copy of this publication can be downloaded or printed at this link or by calling (301) 779-1007. This resource is also available to educators in quantity for use in educational workshops, classes, or tours.

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