State Meat Program
Meat processing in Wyoming is a valuable and integral part of the agriculture industry in Wyoming. The ability to process, and sell within Wyoming is an important component of many ag producers in our State. To help facilitate this, the WDA regulates state inspected plats, custom exempt and wild game processing facilities.
Meat plants the WDA licenses and inspects are broken down into 3 categories; state inspected, custom exempt, and wild game. CHS inspectors inspect the state meat plants whenever the slaughter and processing of animals occurs. The inspector reviews the slaughter process of all animals from the time they are received at the plant to the time the carcass is placed in the cooler. The meat processed in a state inspected plant can be sold to any stores or individuals within the state of Wyoming but cannot be sold out of state. CHS inspectors are in the state inspected meat plants during all slaughter and processing procedures. In some instances, this requires the CHS inspector to be in the plant on a daily basis. The custom exempt meat plants slaughter animals and process the meat for the individual owner. Meat processed in a custom exempt plant cannot be sold to stores or other individuals. Some state and custom meat plants will purchase meat from a federally inspected plant then further process the meat and then can sell it to other stores or individuals. Wild game meat plants process only wild game and are typically only in operation during the wild game season.
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