The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) this week announced it is hosting a red meat mobile-slaughter unit information session on Sept. 9 in Carson City, Nev. The goals of this information session are to educate farmers, ranchers and processors on how to operate mobile slaughter units and meet USDA food safety requirements. The session is being held as part of USDA's "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative.
Mobile slaughter units are self-contained slaughter facilities that can travel from site to site. Typically, the units provide slaughter services to regional small producers at conveniently located host farms. FSIS-inspected mobile-slaughter units provide a feasible option for small livestock producers wanting to provide safe, wholesome meat products to local and interstate consumer markets. Livestock for these mobile units include cattle, hogs, goats and sheep.
The information session will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices located at 2621 Northgate Lane, Suite 15, Carson City, Nev. To view the meeting agenda, go to www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/.