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
- culinary courses
- computer skills
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.