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A butcher breaks down a beef carcass in the Cut and Package Module of a Friesla Meat Processing System.

Meat Processing Plant Sizes & Where Friesla Fits

The meat processing industry has consolidated dramatically over the past several decades, moving from local and regional systems to a highly-centralized model. At Friesla, we…

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Partner Story: Sierra Jepsen, Butcher Solutions

“Before COVID, you could call your local butcher and get a harvest slot the next week. But now you need to call a year in…

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Meat Processing Explained: From Harvest to Packaging

The livestock harvest-to-package process can seem a little mysterious: an animal goes in, boxes of meat come out—but what does this look like inside a…

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Butcher spraying down a hanging sheep carcass after skinning in a Mobile Harvest Unit.

Handling Wastewater in a Small Meat Processing Plant

Meat harvest, fabrication, packaging, and sanitization generates waste byproducts: from bones to blood, heads, hides, inedibles, offal, and wastewater. In another blog post, we covered…

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Creating Value-Added Products from Waste in Small Meat Processing Facilities

If you’ve considered starting a local meat processing business, you’ve likely thought, “But what will I do with all of the waste?” Rendering—the process of…

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Butchers transfer quartered beef carcasses from a Friesla Mobile Harvest Unit into The Meating Place Butcher Shop.

Client Story: The Meating Place

Craft butcher shops used to be a staple in communities across America. Consumers had access to fresh, locally-produced meat, hand cut by butchers they knew…

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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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Aerial view of the MTXBeef site with a Friesla Modular Meat Processing System.

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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