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it did four years ago. He reported a revenue drop from just under $2 million in 2009 to just over $1 million in 2010, but offers that it was a deliberate decision to get away from a wholesale-oriented business model and to focus primarily on custom work. With custom work, the animals are not owned by the plant and the revenue numbers don’t tell the actual story. “The decision to forego wholesale revenues has freed up processing capacity,” he continued. “This allowed a 35 percent increase in custom work, which now represents half of the plant’s operation, leaving 30 percent retail and 15 percent wholesale business volume.

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we will be working on a test-and-hold for raw ground and raw, not-ground products this year. It will involve more testing. Our greatest concern is a fear of the unknown, but we are handling producer-owned livestock from up to 150 miles away because there are fewer plants available to do that work.” Cloud feels strongly that getting qualified workers remains his biggest challenge in the coming months. The workers he seeks need to be physically fit to do the lifting, pulling and other tasks the job demands. “I’m serious when I say obesity and training are major issues,” he adds. “If I was in the housing industry, I could put an ad in the paper and get hundreds of applicants for nearly every skill area. When I put out an ad for meat plant work, I get a few people with some poultry plant experience, but the others are from the construction industry. They have to be trained. Those who aren’t strong just can’t take it and leave. The obese are more likely to have heart attacks and strokes and are often in poor health. And while we can train them, their health risks cost time and money. “We have 20 employees, but some of the people we’ve needed to replace have experience but are aging,” he says. “One went to the National School of Meat Cutting in Toledo, which closed in the 1960’s. There are few places around that teach meat-cutting skills, including vo-tech and trade schools. That is a sorely needed program for the small plant operator.”

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meat&Poultry - February 2011

Meat&Poultry - February 2011
Commentary - Weighty menu considerations
Business Notes - Flav’s Fried Chicken opens in Iowa
Business Notes - Bob Evans Farms names new CFO
Business Notes - Wendy’s/Arby’s Group considers selling Arby’s
Business Notes - NCBA sets 2011 policy priorities
Business Notes - Smithfi eld executives warn of higher prices
Business Notes - McDonald’s income up in 2010
Business Notes - ‘Temple Grandin’ actress wins Golden Globe, Screen Actors award
Business Notes - Former Swift & Co. CEO joins Kraft
Regulatory - Digging in on nutrition labeling
Washington - New FDA law means end to status quo
The Annual Sausage Report - Processing I.Q.
The Annual Sausage Report - Sausage smart in Seattle
The Annual Sausage Report - Precision stuffi ng
Processor Profi le - The real deal
Sanitation Tips - Earth-friendly sanitation
Sanitation Tips - Going 'green'
Consejos Sanitarios - Eligiendo el verde
Maintenance Tips - Training the horse to drink
Lean Tips - Simple solutions save money
Small Business Matters - Small processors’ outlook: Partly cloudy
Packaging Solutions - Packaging sustainability
The Annual Sausage Report - Going gourmet
Food Ingredient Solutions - Clean and (not so) simple
From the Corral - Reconnecting with the public
Names in the News
New Product Showcase
Advertisers
The Insider
Over Herd
AMI Preview -- Focusing on Innovation
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Business Notes - Bob Evans Farms names new CFO
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Commentary - Weighty menu considerations
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - 9
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Business Notes - Wendy’s/Arby’s Group considers selling Arby’s
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - 11
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Business Notes - Smithfi eld executives warn of higher prices
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Business Notes - McDonald’s income up in 2010
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Business Notes - Former Swift & Co. CEO joins Kraft
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Regulatory - Digging in on nutrition labeling
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - 19
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Washington - New FDA law means end to status quo
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - The Annual Sausage Report - Processing I.Q.
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - The Annual Sausage Report - Sausage smart in Seattle
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - The Annual Sausage Report - Precision stuffi ng
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Processor Profi le - The real deal
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Sanitation Tips - Earth-friendly sanitation
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Sanitation Tips - Going 'green'
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Consejos Sanitarios - Eligiendo el verde
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Maintenance Tips - Training the horse to drink
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - 56
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Lean Tips - Simple solutions save money
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Small Business Matters - Small processors’ outlook: Partly cloudy
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - 62
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - 64
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - 65
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Packaging Solutions - Packaging sustainability
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - 69
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - The Annual Sausage Report - Going gourmet
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Food Ingredient Solutions - Clean and (not so) simple
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - From the Corral - Reconnecting with the public
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Names in the News
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - New Product Showcase
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Advertisers
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - Over Herd
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Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - AMI Preview -- Focusing on Innovation
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - AMI2
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - AMI3
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - AMI4
Meat&Poultry - February 2011 - AMI5
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