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.

An interior view of the guillotine door and other harvest equipment in the Processing Room in a Friesla Harvest Module.

USDA Announces $123 Million to Expand Meat & Poultry Processing

USDA Rural Development announced the availability of $123 million in grant funding for meat processors through Phase 2 of the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion…

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Client Story: MTXBeef

MTXBeef started over a COVID-era cocktail and a campfire. It was spring 2020. The pandemic had hit. Nestled in the rolling Texas Hill Country—west of…

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Exterior view of a tan Friesla Modular Meat Processing System used by The Producer Partnership for meat processing on a ranch in Montana.

Client Story: The Producer Partnership

Think that opening a meat processing plant during a pandemic might be tough? Try starting the first nonprofit, federally-inspected meat processing plant in the United…

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Butchers cleaning beef cow with water after bleeding outside Friesla Mobile Meat Harvest Trailer.

Mobile Harvest Units: An Alternative to the Traditional Slaughter Floor

Designing, engineering, permitting, and constructing a new building can be costly and time-consuming. A meat processing plant is no exception. Meat producers may consider building…

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