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Slaughter Processor – Packing / Scales



In the process of slaughtering a person who works in packing/scales will manually or with the use of machinery to package, weigh and sort processed slaughtered beef, sheep, goat, fish, pork and/or poultry to meet compliance standards and targets.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Knowledge of animal anatomy and cuts of meat
  • Adhere to safety procedures and policies to slaughter animals
  • Weigh processed meat using scales
  • Package or bag processed meat using equipment
  • Label and sort packaged meat for sale
  • 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 slaughter processor -packing/scales career and advanced training or an associate’s degree in meat science or agricultural business may be preferred for some careers.


To pursue a career as a Slaughter Processer – Packaging/Scales:

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


Where can I work?

You will find slaughter processor – packaging/scales 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 – packaging/scales 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 is here to offer support. To assist our employers and job seeker community, we have compiled a list of resources regarding COVID-19 and the agriculture industry. You will also find employment resources to help navigate through these difficult times.
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Last Updated: 04/01/2020