It’s an exciting time for small-scale poultry growers in Montana, with growing markets for pasture-raised, local poultry and the appropriate technology to produce and sell it. The Montana Poultry Growers Cooperative, legally incorporated in April 2006, is proud to be a part of the economic growth and environmental sustainability that comes with bringing value-added products like pasture-raised, on-farm poultry into the local food system in Montana. We believe a local poultry market is not only good for local economies, but also provides for more humane processing with less environmental impact.
By becoming a member of the poultry growers cooperative you join a community of poultry growers that support each other in the production and processing of poultry in the State of Montana. Your membership entitles you to access the following resources:
Inspected Processing Facility: Small-scale on farm processing equipment for not for sale birds
Cooperative feed ordering: As the coop has been growing and developing, the following goals helped keep us on track:
* Minimize the health risk to consumers and increase product quality by providing training in the proper handling practices for poultry.
* Provide a facility with specialized processing equipment to meet the needs of developing small farm poultry enterprises in their market entry.
* Provide a model of a processing system and facility that meets state and federal requirements for the retail sale of poultry products.