Resources for Meat Industry

Commercial Meat and Poultry Industry

Resources for Game and Home Livestock Slaughter

Extension Documents addressing home slaughter processing of wild game, beef, pork and poultry. Additionally, there are documents on custom slaughter process.

Field Care of Harvested Big Game
Proper care of harvested game is the most important criterion to ensure its value as food. This publication was prepared to assist you in the proper care of your game in the field. Deer are used as examples in the following procedures. The information can also be applied to other big game animals.
https://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_circulars/CR507/welcome

Handling and Cooking Game
Each year hunters waste thousands of pounds of meat through carelessness, ignorance, or neglect. Here are some suggestions to help you preserve your meat so that you can deliver it in good condition to the cook or to the freezer. The quality and flavour of the meat depends a great deal on the care you give it from the moment it is killed.
https://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_circulars/CR495/welcome.html

Processing Your Deer at Home
This publication illustrates and describes a good method of cutting up a deer. It serves as a guide, and there are tips on using, cooking, and storing venison.
https://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_circulars/CR508/welcome.html

Slaughtering Practices And Techniques
This publication illustrates and describes methods to prepare beef animals for conventional slaughter and traditional and ritualistic slaughter.
http://www.fao.org/3/x6552e/x6552e06.html

Home Slaughtering and Processing of Beef
These publications illustrate and describe methods to prepare beef animals for slaughter, the slaughter method and process to breakdown a carcass, as well as wrapping and storing meat.
https://extension2.missouri.edu/g2208
http://pods.dasnr.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-2047/ANSI-3400web.pdf

How to Butcher a Pig for Home Use
These publications illustrate and describe methods to prepare swine for slaughter, slaughter, process to breakdown a carcass, as well as wrapping and storing meat.
https://blog-swine.extension.umn.edu/2020/06/how-to-butcher-pig-for-home-use.html (video included)
https://extension.sdstate.edu/home-hog-slaughter

Home processing of poultry
These publications illustrate and describe methods to prepare poultry for slaughter, the slaughter process, breakdown of carcass, as well as wrapping and storing meat.
https://extension.umn.edu/small-scale-poultry/home-processing-poultry
https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/em9273/html

Buying Locally Raised Meats for Custom Processing
These publications illustrate and describe methods to purchase meat directly from producer.
https://www.extension.uidaho.edu/publishing/pdf/CIS/CIS1222.pdf

Selling Meat Direct to Consumers from the Ranch or Farm
https://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_b/B234/welcome.html