Butchering Laws?

Asked June 2, 2020, 9:49 PM EDT

My family raises cattle and usually gets them processed by local butchers, but with the Covid-19 shut down, processors are booked full until 2021. We have cattle that needs to be processed so we are thinking about figuring out how to do it ourselves. We understand how to do it, but we don’t know the certifications we need when it comes to selling the meat we process. Any idea how to go about this?

Lapeer County Michigan

1 Response

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) allows for custom exempt processing of livestock for the owner(s) of the live animal. Each package of meat must be marked "NOT FOR SALE" when processed under custom exemption. The meat can only be used by the owner(s) of the live animal, their family and their non-paying guests.

For additional information:
https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/16a88254-adc5-48fb-b24c-3ea0b133c939/Compliance-Guideline-LIvestock-Exemptions.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/selling_meat_from_your_farm_make_sure_it_is_labeled_properly

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/licenses_to_direct_market_individual_cuts_of_meat_in_michigan