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Slaughter Processor – Hanger / Loader



In the process of slaughtering a hanger/loader will hang or load carcass/meat for processing slaughtered beef, sheep, goat, fish, pork and/or poultry.


slaughter hanger loader


What responsibilities will I have?

  • Knowledge of animal anatomy and cuts of meat
  • Adhere to safety procedures and policies to slaughter animals
  • Lift, hang, shackle and align carcasses or meat portions for further processing on operating line
  • 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
  • Handle and pick up live animals of various sizes and weights both manually and with the use of equipment


What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is required for a slaughter processor -hanger/loader career and advanced training or an associate’s degree in meat science or animal science may be preferred for some careers.


To pursue a career as a Slaughter Processer – Hanger / Loader:

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


Where can I work?

You will find slaughter processor - hanger loader jobs with large food processing companies, or you may also work at smaller independent animal processing facilities. 


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for slaughter processors – hanger/loaders 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