Slaughter Processor - Packing/Scales

In the process of slaughtering, people who work in packing/scales will manually or with the use of machinery package, weigh and sort processed slaughtered beef, sheep, goat, fish, pork and/or poultry to meet compliance standards and targets. All employees on a meat production line play an important part in not just the yield of the plant, but the safety of both the employees and food products.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Have knowledge of animal anatomy and cuts of meat
  • Adhere to safety procedures and policies to slaughter animals
  • Weigh processed meat using scales
  • Manually pack goods into bags and boxes or other containers
  • Perform general laboring duties
  • Monitor packaging for correct labels and date codes
  • Feed flattened boxes into forming machines to construct containers
  • Label and sort packaged meat for sale
  • 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

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education, especially animal science
  • mathematics
  • culinary courses
  • computer skills

Education/Training Required:

A high school diploma is required for a slaughter processor – packing/scales career. Advanced training or an associate degree in meat science or agricultural business may be preferred for some careers.

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