The Montana Poultry Growers Cooperative was legally incorporated in the state of Montana in April of 2006. The cooperative was organized to provide poultry producers a way to collaborate in meeting their processing and marketing needs. There are now two types of equipment that coop members can use to process poultry.
In 2006, coop members purchased basic equipment, a picker and scalder, for members to use to process poultry for their own use.
In 2008, Farms for Families, in partnership with the Cooperative, the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO), and the Lake County Community Development Corporation (LCCDC), designed and built a mobile processing unit (MPU) to be used by farmers to process poultry for sale directly to consumers as well as to retail and wholesale marketplaces.
With 18 members to date, and interest growing, the Montana Poultry Growers Cooperative is an exciting project of a group of folks finding ways to bring integrity, humanity and local community back to the farm and food system. Both the MPU and the small processing equipment are available for use by coop members.