On farm butchering

Asked January 24, 2014, 6:15 PM EST

Are there laws against letting someone buy a goat or sheep and letting them butcher it on your propety for there own consumption?

Montcalm County Michigan

1 Response

Michigan has a Humane Slaughter of Livestock act. (Additional information available http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusmi287_551.htm and http://www.animallaw.info/articles/ovusstatehumaneslaughtertable.htm)

On-farm slaughter is acceptable for custom exempt use under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/rulemaking/federal-meat-inspection-act). This means that the owner of the live animal must use the meat for their own use and their family or non-paying guests use.