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

Custom Meat Processors as of Sept. 17, 2018

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

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. An 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