Post by ohiorganic on May 26, 2007 16:51:20 GMT -5
Took 50 fryers to be killed at the processor we have used for the past 10 or 11 years Thursday and now have fresh cut up chickens ready to sell for Memorial day weekend. Friday sold 5 chickens at the farm store and today sold about the same at the farmers' market (2 whole birds, 2 packs of thighs and 4 packs of boneless breasts). Also sold about $230 worth of produce. It was a busy market for a holiday weekend. I guess gas prices are high enough to keep people home. But folks are still willing to pay top dollar for premium chicken despite high fuel costs and our chicken is second to none.
Post by bluelacedredhead on May 27, 2007 10:59:20 GMT -5
Sounds like you did well, considering that many folks are on the road this weekend. May this be an indicator of a good income producing season in 2007.
What (if any) restrictions are there on selling poultry in Ohio? In Ontario, we are gov't regulated to death regarding raising and selling meat and poultry products. I used to sell some "under the table", but not for several years. The legislation has forced most of the smaller processing plants out of business and made it essentially impossible for the small producer to exist.
Post by ohiorganic on May 27, 2007 15:23:09 GMT -5
I get mine processed at a small state inspected abbitoir. But I could kill up to 2000 chickens on my farm and sell them directly off the farm but nowhere else.
I opt for the state lable so I can sell at farmers markets and to restaurants and grocery stores if I want to. Also my husband and I do not like killing birds and are bad at producing a nice carcass so it is well worth it to have these killed and cleaned and professionally packaged.
The last time we did our own it took 12 hours to do 25 birds. I was a long awful day plus skeeters and black flies were biting badly.
Post by bluelacedredhead on May 27, 2007 20:09:47 GMT -5
We are allowed 50 meat birds per year on the farm here. And are not allowed to sell butchered birds, without buying a Quota which is more than I make in a year working off the farm... Husband and I are very good at processing our own (if we do say so ourselves, wink wink) but that doesn't help when it comes to being sued or put in jail.
I envy you in this respect...The best of luck with your poultry sales.