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Meat products are generally of the same design, despite being from different animals or livestock. Their processing may be animal-specific though. Of importance is the manner in which these various animal-specific meat products will be presented, prepared and consumed. The by-products may be similar and must be used and/or disposed of in ways that enhance the value of the animal, while taking into account the potential contribution to climate change and green house gas emissions.

Cattle are raised for meat (beef) and milk production, but our main concern here is the production of meat products. The blood is used in some varieties of blood sausage. Other parts that are eaten include the oxtail, liver, tongue, tripe from the reticulum or rumen, glands, the heart, the brain (forbidden where there is a danger of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, BSE), the kidneys, and the tender testicles of the bull (known in the US as calf fries, prairie oysters, or Rocky Mountain oysters). Some intestines are cooked and eaten as-is, but are more often cleaned and used as natural sausage casings. The bones are used for making beef stock.

Goat and sheep are also processed into almost similar meat products as cattle.

Poultry are processed into various carcass products which are processed and packed in certain ways that are contingent with the type of animal. Some products are also common to beef, goats, sheep and chicken.

Pork production provides meat for fresh cooking (as a whole carcass or in specific cuts or portions-trotters, loins, intestines, head, ribs, etc), but pork may also be processed through the culinary process of charcuterie (branch of cooking devoted to production of prepared meat products like smoked pork portions, sausages, bacon, ham, and galantines).

On iQFarmer you will find cost schedules and manuals on sustainable meat processing systems and applications, from which we hope you will be able to select the most cost-effective solutions and profitable combinations to help you in setting up a profitable agricultural enterprise.

Download Meat Processor’s Manual


Download Meat Processing Program