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Slaughter Processor – Deboning

 

Overview

In the process of slaughtering a deboning career involves slaughtering beef, sheep, goat, fish, pork and/or poultry by boning or deboning meat to meet compliance standards and targets.

 

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What responsibilities will I have?

  • Knowledge of animal anatomy
  • Cut and trim meat to prepare for packing
  • Inspect meat products for defects, bruises or blemishes and remove them along with any excess fat
  • Remove parts, such as skin, feathers, scales or bones, from carcass
  • Adhere to safety procedures and policies to slaughter animals
  • Prepare carcasses for further processing by removing bones using knives, cleavers, meat saws, bandsaws or other equipment
  • Check products to ensure they are up to standards
  • Monitor machines and equipment, and adjust if necessary
  • Maintain and clean machines used in meat preparing process
  • Check products to ensure they are up to standards
  • Monitor machines and equipment, and adjust if necessary
  • Maintain and clean machines used in meat preparing process

 

What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is required for a deboning career and advanced training or an associate’s degree in meat science may be preferred for some careers.

 

To pursue a career as a Slaughter Processer – Deboning:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, mathematics, culinary courses and computer courses.  

 

Where can I work?

You will find deboning jobs with large food processing companies, or may also work at smaller independent animal processing facilities. 

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for slaughter processors – deboning will be fair over the next five years.  

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Association of Meat Processors
  • American Council for Food Safety and Quality
  • Association of Meat Inspectors