Grass-Based Poultry Production

2003 Annual Report for ONE03-012

Project Type: Partnership
Funds awarded in 2003: $9,310.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Matching Federal Funds: $1,000.00
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $2,461.00
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Lynn O'Brien
Cornell Cooperative Extension Allegany/Cattaraugus

Grass-Based Poultry Production


Consumer preference for quality food is constrained by a lack of local and affordable processing capacity, and the project leader will develop and demonstrate, in conjunction with two skilled farmers, a portable poultry processing lab as an education and outreach tool. The goal is to support diversification and competitiveness. Flock management and hands-on processing training will be offered, and the results will be disseminated to extension and directly to farmers.

Objectives/Performance Targets

• Host educational workshops to expand producer’s knowledge and enhance quality of end product.

• Host farm tours and processing days to allow for hands-on learn and farmer-to-farmer interaction.

• Address lack of access to affordable processing facilities thereby enhancing economic return to producers.

• Assemble a mobile processing unit to be utilized by local producers for on farm processing of poultry.

• Expand direct marketing potential and value added benefits to farmers.