Special Exemption for Processing Birds Will Be Expiring Dec. 31, 2022.

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Reminder from NC Choices and Dr. Beck:
This is just a reminder that the “Special exemption” that was enacted in late 2017 allowing a few approved farms to process birds for other farms is ending Dec. 31, 2022.  MPID Director, Dr. Beck sent the notification out to approved farms a year ago to prepare for this change and they should have informed their customers by now.
Please note, no change has been made to the 1,000 and 20,000 bird exemption so farmers are still permitted to use MPU equipment and process their own birds of their own raising on their farm and sold within state lines.
Read below for details on the 1,000 and 20,000 bird exemption where no changes have been made. More information including MPUs for rent can be found at NC Poultry Processing Resources.

Mobile processing units and/or processing equipment are traditionally owned or rented by an approved poultry exempt operator.

NC farmers are permitted to conduct on-farm processing of poultry of their own raising up to 1,000 poultry/year or greater than 1,000 but no more than 20,000 poultry/year if sold within state lines without mandatory daily inspection, if they meet the respective criteria for the exemption stated in NCDA&CS MPID NOTICE 5-18 dated 12-3-2018 1,000 Poultry Exemption Requirements or the MPID Notice 6-18 dated 12-3-18  20,000 Poultry Exemption Requirement

Poultry products produced under exemption can only be sold by the Poultry Exempt Operator directly to the end consumers (retail sales) and may only be sold within the State of North Carolina. Poultry exempt operators are not allowed to put special claims (i.e. pasture-raised, natural, etc.) on their exempt poultry products because slaughter is occurring on their own farm rather than in state- or federally-inspected facilities.

If you are interested in operating under the On-Farm Poultry Exemption, please contact NCDA&CS Meat and Poultry Inspection Division at (919) 707-3180. They will schedule a representative to visit your farm for exemption approval assuming you meet the criteria outlined in MPID Notice 5-18.

If you have any questions or concerns contact Bailee at the extension office by phone or email at: 336-694-4158 ext.5 or bailee_perkins@ncsu.edu