I have been trying to get a better understanding of the law relating to on-farm
processing of small numbers of poultry. I recently got a copy of Public Law
90-492 that supposedly permits on-farm processing without federal inspection,
for up to 1,000 birds. Unfortunately, this law is pretty difficult to translate
without a lawyer. Has anyone written a short synopsis of what the laws really
allow or disallow? I would sure love a copy. I also need to know more about
where state laws fit in, and how to know which laws take precedence.
In discussion with State and Federal officials in my own state of Kentucky, I
have been told that it is illegal to sell any poultry that has not been
federally inspected. That would be okay if there was a federally inspected
plant in the state that would take small numbers of birds from independant
growers, but that is not the case. What is the recoures for the small farmer
who wants to raise specialty chickens for the community?
I would appreciate any response from anyone who has experience in this area.
E-Mail is fine, or you can contact me at:
Heifer Project International
3301 Spencer Pike
Mt. Sterling, KY 40353