This 2-part small-scale poultry processing workshop focuses on responsible processing methods that abide by Montana’s 1,000 bird exemption under SB199 and the federal exemption. The series features industry experts and who will address on-farm food safety, humane processing methods, packaging, labeling, record keeping, and accessing marketing outlets.  

Part 1: Poultry Processing under Montana’s 1,000 Bird Exemption  

Wednesday, May 17th | 10am – 2pm | Missoula MSU Extension Office

Classroom workshop will be held at MSU Extension in Missoula that covers the basics of safely processing on-farm in open air or alternative structures. The agenda will focus on food safety, open air/on-farm considerations for processing a safe product for consumers. Free In-person and Zoom attendance registration. Lunch included.

Part 1 Agenda:

10-10:30 AM:   Introduction 
10:30- 11:30 AM:Montana’s 1,000 Bird Exemption
James Peterson, Department of Livestock 
11:30-12:30 PM: HACCP Considerations, Packaging, Labeling and Record Keeping
Jan Tusick, Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center
12:30-1 PM:Lunch
1-1:45 PM:Marketing to Your Customer Values
Jennifer Knoetgen, Mountain Meat Shares

Part 2: On-Farm Food Safety

A Hands-On Approach to Safe Handing and Safe Butchering

Wednesday, June 14th | 10am – 2pm | Glennwood Farm, Polson

Hands on poultry processing workshop that will run through safe practices for processing on-farm at Glenwood Farm in Polson. Learn how to safely kill, eviscerate, and package chickens. Equipment available to rent to through the Poultry Association will be used in the demonstrations. Free In-person attendance only. Lunch included.   

Part 2 Agenda

10-10:30 AM:Introduction
10:30-12:30 PM:Set-up of equipment, humane killing and evisceration demonstration
Will Tusick, Glenwood Farm 
12:30-1 PM:Lunch
1-2 PM:Clean-Up, Record Keeping, Packaging, & Labeling Considerations

Part 2 requires in-person attendance and a zoom option will not be offered.

Next poultry workshop series will be in Spring 2024. 



Please contact Shay Farmer at Mission Mountain Enterprise Center for more information: 

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