Mendocino County
University of California
Mendocino County

Whole Beef Animal Sales for Custom Processing Workshop

Date: November 19, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Contact: 707-565-2621

Sponsor: UCCE Sonoma & Marin

Location: Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Event Details

Whole Beef Animal Sales for Custom Processing

Note - see paragraph below Register Here link about a discussion following this meeting.

If you are a cattle rancher in Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Napa or adjoining counties and are interested in learning more about the new allowances for whole beef animal sales provided by AB 2114, then you should plan to attend this upcoming workshop.

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Selling customers a whole or partial beef animal is not uncommon for small California ranchers. In a typical transaction, the animal that has been sold would be slaughtered on-ranch and processed at a local butcher shop. The customer would then pick up their cuts, ready for the freezer. Until 2019, however, that practice has been illegal under California state law.

The passage of AB 2114 in 2018 now allows for ranchers in California to have up to five head of cattle per month slaughtered by a mobile slaughter operator on their ranch premises for customers (direct use only/ no retail resale) as long as the carcass is sent to a custom exempt cut and wrap facility for processing. Learn more.

Speaker Panel

  • UCCE - Whole Beef Animal Sales and Processing: What is New With AB 2114?
  • CDFA Bureau of Livestock Identification -Brand Inspection, Proof of Sale, Mobile Slaughter Operators, Hide Retention and Tagging
  • CDFA Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch - Custom Exempt Processing, Slaughter and Enforcement


There is not cost to attend by registration is required.


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USDA Processing Discussion

Sonoma County Farm Bureau also invites attendees to stay after the morning meeting for a working lunch from noon to 1 PM to discuss strategies for developing more local USDA inspected facilities for livestock, poultry and rabbit processing.

Please RSVP for this event separately by contacting: or calling (707) 544-5575.

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