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Natural State Processing

Natural State Processing

The Natural Choice for Quality and Humane Poultry Harvesting

Servicing Arkansas and Surrounding Regions Since 2016

Schedule Your Appointment with Natural State

Schedule Your Appointment with Natural State

As a joint venture between Cypress Valley Meat Company and Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative, Natural State was established to fill an increasingly large need in the market for high-quality, small-scale, humane poultry processing.

Implementing humane harvesting techniques with the highest standards for animal welfare and food safety, Natural State delivers quality products using top-of-line equipment and extensive technique training, ensuring consistent value for our customers.

Pricing

WHOLE BIRD FEE (PER HEAD)

1-50 ...................................................... $180*

51-200 ................................................... $3.60

201-500 ................................................ $3.50

500+ ...................................................... $3.40

*Minimum Charge

CUT UP FEE (PER HEAD)*

1-50 ....................................................... $2.15

51-200 ................................................... $2.15

201-500 ................................................ $2.10

500+ ...................................................... $2.00

*Cut-up fee is in addition to whole bird fee

WHOLE

$14 per bird

*20 birds is $280 minimum

CUT UP

$10 (additional per bird)

To request available turkey processing dates, please call 870-405-8158 or email kerry@naturalstateprocessing.com

Condemned Fee .................. $1.50 per bird

Feed Withdrawal Policy ...... $1 per bird containing feed

Coop Wash ........................... $1 per coop

Liver / Heart ...................... $1.00 per pound

Necks ................................. $1.00 per pound

Feet .................................... $2.00 per pound

Ground Chicken

/ Turkey (100lbs. min) ... $1.50 per pound

Wing Sections ................ $0.50 per pound

Breast

/ Tender Trimming ........ $0.25 per pound

Boneless,

Skinless Thighs .............. $0.25 per pound

Under 300 birds ................ $0.60 per bird

300+ birds ............................. $0.50 per bird

Brat sized-links….................…$2 per pound

Breakfast sized-links……..$2.50 per pound

Hauling Procedures

Have questions about transporting your birds? Here are our recommendations for hauling procedures to ensure the wellbeing of your animals while in transit.

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Responsible Loading

Maintaining body temperature of birds while having appropriate ventilation is key at any point of life but is especially difficult during transport to the processor. It is the responsibility of the farmer to ensure their birds are responsibly loaded for transport.

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Weather Conditions and Space

During warm, dry weather, broilers can overheat. Ensuring that there is an appropriate amount of space per bird in each crate is crucial. The standard is 8 birds per crate, but if your birds are especially large, or in the event of extreme heat, you should consult the Production Manager to see if adjustments need to be made. 7 birds per crate may be necessary, but additional preparation will be needed to ensure an adequate amount of crate and trailer space is available for your birds during catch/transport.

During cold or wet weather, broilers are easily susceptible to hypothermia. Tarping (or using a sheet of plywood) in front of the first row of crates on the trailer will help block the wind directly passing through the first few rows of birds. The first rows of birds have the most ventilation (as the trailer moves), and therefore have the greatest exposure to windchill effects, which intensifies quickly when moisture is present (even dew or fog can cause hypothermia during transport). Those birds stationed further back on the trailer are blocked by those birds stationed in front of them. Additionally, ensuring the birds behind the wheel well of the trailer are shielded from any water that may kick up from the tires, will help reduce the likelihood of hypothermia due to the birds getting wet.

Additionally, we recommend an extra layer of empty crates be placed on top of the loaded crates and tarping the top of the trailer to prevent the birds from getting wet (from rain, snow, fog, or dew). The layer of empty crates is especially important when temperatures exceed 50°F, but it is wet. This creates a ceiling where heat can be trapped, but the hottest area directly below the tarp is empty to prevent birds from smothering. When the trailer is still, we recommend the sides of the exposed crates be open to ensure proper ventilation. If it is very cold (below 35°F or below 50°F with rain/moisture), we recommend lowering the sides of the tarp immediately before and during transport.