Plans for mobile chicken slaughtering facility for St. Lawrence County and the North Country are progressing.
Possible uses for the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s plan for the unit will be discussed at meetings in Watertown, Canton and Malone next week.
The North Country Pastured Poultry Group has organized a series of meetings to talk about the uses for the unit.
North Country Pastured LLC, managed by Renee Smith of Sugar Hill Farm in DeKalb, has purchased such a unit for poultry and custom work with third-party certification for organic, humanely treated and animal welfare approved status.
The group is inviting producers of chickens, ducks, turkeys, pheasants and other livestock producers, including those who raise rabbits to attend the meetings next week.
The meeting in Canton is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Learning Farm, 2043 State Rt. 68.
The Watertown meeting is set for Monday, and the Malone meeting will be held Thursday.
The regional development council received approval for the mobile slaughter unit as part of its broader plan for development in the North Country. The overall plan was presented in November and received approval in early December.
The plan was a joint effort by North Country counties and agencies to get support for aid for development projects in the region.