Friesla Blog

Interested in starting a meat processing business? Explore our blog for industry info and stories of great Americans who are getting it done.

Beef half carcass tagged with lot and traceability number hanging in a cooler.

Explained: 4 Types of Inspection for Meat Processors

There are many steps to moving a finished animal from pasture or feedlot to steak on a plate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates…

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Friesla Mobile Harvest Unit on Five Marys Ranch used for slaughtering beef in the winter.

Q&A Session: USDA Grants & Mobile/Modular Meat Processing Equipment

Two meat processing grant programs are in the spotlight in summer 2023: USDA’s Local Meat Capacity Grant Program (Local MCap) and Indigenous Animals Harvesting and…

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Friesla’s Founder and President interacting with BRK Meats’ butcher in the Primal Breaking Module of their Friesla Meat Processing System.

HACCP 101: Food Safety & Regulatory Compliance For Meat Processors

When U.S. consumers purchase steaks, ground beef, or a Thanksgiving turkey, they expect it to be safe to eat. Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture…

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Friesla clients Brian and Mary Heffernan from Five Marys Ranch on their ranch in Fort Jones, California.

Client Story: Five Marys

Brian and Mary Heffernan knew that starting a meat processing business would be challenging. “Nothing is easy,” Brian quips. “If it were, everyone would do…

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Butcher team skinning a Black Angus beef cow in a Friesla mobile harvest trailer.

Q&A Session: Mobile Harvest Units & Small Processing Plants

Wondering how to start and operate a Mobile Harvest Unit or small meat processing plant? Learn straight from the source. Hear about the background, operations,…

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Black and brown beef cows in staging pens on a farm.

Client Story: Bear Mountain Beef

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mac and Celsie Sussex—owners of Bear Mountain Beef in Hawk Springs, Wyoming—faced both a problem and an opportunity.…

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An empty shelf labeled for USDA Choice Beef at a grocery store during COVID-19.

Why America Needs to Restore Local Meat Processing

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, American shoppers were faced with empty shelves in grocery store meat departments. Due to tight working conditions…

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Smiling butcher in blue uniform standing in a Friesla Mobile Meat Harvest Trailer.

Client Story: North Cascade Meat Producers Cooperative

A group of Pacific Northwest farmers had a problem. Consumers in their region wanted healthy, pasture-raised meat from farmers they trusted. The farmers nurtured their…

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