Calling all Vermont meat producers and processors! The Vermont Agency of Agriculture Mobile Poultry Processing Unit is currently available for purchase. The mobile unit, which was the first of its kind for farmers to process poultry under state inspection right on the farm, has been a huge success in developing Vermont’s poultry industry. With the market for locally produced poultry and rabbit continuing to rise, this piece of infrastructure offers a great business opportunity. The mobile unit was offered for sale after the original operator chose not to renew his lease. “We are grateful to Spring Hill Poultry for the service that they have provided to so many producers across the state over the past few years,” said Secretary Chuck Ross. “With the support available from our Agency and the Farm Viability Enhancement Program, I am confident that the future buyer of the mobile unit will continue upon this success, leading to further growth in local poultry sales.”
The proceeds of the sale will be reinvested in infrastructure development for Vermont meat processing. Built in 2008 with a $93,000 investment from the Vermont Legislature and the Castanea Foundation, the mobile unit has a daily processing capacity of 250 chickens or 100 turkeys, with two operators. It can be docked either at farms or at fairgrounds across the state.
The mobile unit is currently listed for sale at http://www.auctionsinternational.com/item.cgi?show_item=0000077280. There will be an open house on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the north end of the Waterbury State Complex parking lot. To RSVP for the open house, please contact Chelsea Bardot Lewis at 802-828-3360 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The bidding process closes at 6:00 p.m. on January 13, 2012.