Slaughter Processor - Hanger/Loader

In the process of slaughtering, a hanger/loader will hang or load carcasses and meat for processing slaughtered beef, sheep, goat, fish, pork and/or poultry. They will handle and pick up animals of various sizes and weight, both manually and with the use of equipment.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Have knowledge of animal anatomy and cuts of meat
  • Adhere to safety procedures and policies to slaughter animals
  • Lift, hang, shackle and align carcasses for further processing
  • Check products to ensure they meet USDA standards
  • Monitor machines and equipment and adjust if necessary
  • Maintain and clean machines used in the meat-preparing process
  • Handle and pick up animals of various sizes and weights

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education, particularly animal science
  • mathematics
  • culinary skills
  • computer skills

Education/Training Required:

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

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