Mobile Poultry Processing Unit
Generally referred to as the “Poultry Trailer”, this unit has been in the region since approx. 2009. It was owned by the High Sierra Resource & Conservation District, (HSR&CD) representing Sierra, Nevada, Placer, Yuba and El Dorado Counties. HSR&CD has been disbanded and ownership of the poultry trailer has been transferred to Nevada County Grown. Patty and Rob Bielen of NCG have been managing the trailer, so it was a logical transition. It is the goal of Nevada County Grown to make the poultry trailer very accessible to the region.
Please be sure to read all of the information on the “Rental Procedure” document before you decide to rent the trailer.
Click on the preferred format to read and print BOTH of the following documents:
Nevada County has determined that you may use the 1,000 bird exemption defined in California Assembly Bill 224. The exemption permits a poultry raiser to slaughter and process their own birds on their own premises for marketing within their own state as human food without federal or state inspection as long as the number of birds does not exceed 1,000 chickens (or 250 turkeys) within one calendar year. For the purposes of this exemption, rabbits qualify as poultry.
This exemption allows poultry producers to process on-farm and to market those birds at a farmers’ market or through an off-site Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
You may only raise, slaughter and process 1,000 birds on the farm premise and qualify for this exemption. Poultry raised in excess of the 1,000-bird limit needs to be processed off-farm at a USDA-certified facility.
Please download and read the following documents if you plan to use the Poultry Trailer.
Standard Operating Procedures and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure [ PDF ]
FAQs – Poultry Processing in Nevada County [ PDF ]
Hazardous Analysis Chart [ PDF ]
Sample Flock and Slaughter Logs [ PDF ]
CALENDAR OF TRAILER AVAILABILITY
Check availability on the Calendar below, and then contact Patty Bielen with questions or to reserve the trailer.
Green dates = trailer available Red dates = trailer booked Orange dates = not available
Poultry Trailer Reservations