Renting Poultry Processing Equipment

| 7/21/2015 10:17:00 AM


There was a time, even in our recent agricultural past, when sharing was more common than owning. If your neighbor wanted to purchase a hay rake, he might offer you part of the harvest in exchange for storage in your barn. If you needed to bring in a field of flint corn, your neighbor would take home a few bushels in exchange for her helping hands.  When faced with the daunting expense of equipment, farmers and homesteaders often chose to share, not only the cost, but the benefit as well.

If your household is working to produce most of its own food, you are probably running up against that equipment gap. Processing more than 100 birds for your family’s larder can take quite a lot of time, especially when you’re already racing to put up your garden produce or making homestead repairs. Going into debt to pay for equipment you only use once or twice a year isn’t certainly isn’t an option. The small-scale equipment needed to process poultry — not to mention grain, hay or produce — is out of financial reach for many homestead growers. So why not share the cost? Small scale poultry processing equipment rentals could be your solution.

Featherman Equipment, a poultry processing company located in Jamesport, Missouri, is now facilitating a state-by-state list of individuals and small farms that rent out their poultry processing equipment on a day-to-day basis. The daily cost averages about $60 for a plucker and several cones, and in some states you can find scalders for rent as well.  Check out the stats on sucessful equipment rental programs in the Featherman Equipment press release below. Combine your resources with a few neighbors to purchase the equipment, or buy it yourself with the intention of renting it to the wider community. There is plenty of room for growth in most states. Many rental providers are reporting a significant increase in the number of rental requests they get every season. — MOTHER


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