This week, Animal Welfare Approved and Wild Turkey Farms hosted a poultry processing workshop to train potential users of the new mobile processing unit (MPU). Funded by a Good Husbandry Grant and built by Wild Turkey Farms, this plant-on-wheels can travel to area farms for on-farm processing – minimizing transport stress on the animals and providing farmers an economical processing alternative (rental rates start at $45/day). Techniques on humane slaughter were demonstrated as well as cervical dislocation for emergency euthanasia. Attendees learned the importance of humane handling and catching to ensuring product quality and took home some good tips on effective product presentation. Many farmers raising birds for meat operate under the 1,000 bird exemption, meaning that they are not required to have an inspector on-site at the time of processing. However food safety is even more important for the small farmer than it is for a large plant and sanitation, biosecurity and recordkeeping were emphasized as important tools to ensure a safe product for the consumer. A very knowledgeable and gracious staff from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, including Don Delozier, State Director for the NCDA&CS Meat and Poultry Inspection Division and Compliance Officer Melanie Pollard, presented on the relevant regulations for on-farm processing, how to comply and where to go for more information.
Jesse Kornbluth on the Huffington Post sings the praises of Omega-3.
He writes: “I started paying attention to these fatty acids when I read Nina Planck’s Real Food: What to Eat and Why, and was dazzled by the range of benefits they provide: heart health, brain growth, mental balance.”
“So…what’s the best way to get your Omega-3?
Ideally, from natural food — it’s not hard to consume the equivalent of two grams of fish oil a day without taking a pill. Try “fatty” fish: salmon, herring, mackerel, sturgeon, and anchovies. Or a tablespoon of canola oil in salad dressing. Or walnuts — a handful of walnuts has as much omega-3 as 3.5 ounces of salmon. Or broccoli, cantaloupe, kidney beans, spinach, grape leaves, Chinese cabbage or cauliflower. Highly recommended: flaxseed oil, or better, ground flaxseed, or protein from grass-fed animals.” [emphasis supplied]
That’s right! Grassfed. Ask your grocer to carry it!