Meat - Custom Processing

This program inspects custom processing facilities that process domestic livestock and / or wild game animals for the animal's owners. These facilities are exempt from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) official inspection. Facilities are inspected for proper sanitation, record-keeping, and compliance with USDA BSE regulations. Meat processed by custom processors may not be sold to anyone, but may be consumed only by the animal's owners.

Steve Blunt
Program Administrator


Quick Links

Small Flock Poultry Processing Guidance

Small Flock Poultry Processing Guidance in Spanish

Report on Selling Poultry to Retail Food Establishments

Meat inspection information for meat processors on the necessary documentation needed for an inspection.

The International HACCP Alliance was developed to provide a uniform program to assure safer meat and poultry products. Custom processing plants are not required to submit HACCP plans as USDA Official plants must. However, the HACCP Alliance website certainly provides guidance to ensure safer meat products. "HACCP" stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point.

New state licensing for small and mid-sized poultry processors

FY2015 List of Colorado Meat Processing Plants

Licensed processors are listed by license type. A "True" in a license type column denotes the license category held by that processor. Firms with a "True" for "USDA Official" or "Processor" may process domestic livestock and wild game and may also provide mobile slaughter services. A license of "Mobile" denotes a firm that is only licensed for mobile slaughter and no other processing. A license for "WG" may only process wild game. 

Please contact the firm directly to identify the exact services they offer.

Program Brochure: Questions & Answers Regarding the Colorado Custom Meat Processor Law

The Colorado Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform is currently conducting a sunset review of the Custom Processing of Meat Animals and Sale of Meat Acts. Analysis is performed to determine if the program is necessary and should be continued, modified, or cease operations. To provide input on this review, please visit their website at