Published Jan 18, 2017

Mobile Poultry Processing in Iowa

By Practical Farmers of Iowa


Amber and Mary Schulte of Norway, Iowa, started a mobile poultry processing business in 2015 in response to the decline of processing options in the state. Tune in to hear them explain the services they offer farmers, the rules and regulations they’ve dealt with, their mobile set-up and how they plan to grow their business. They’ll also discuss how much the mobile unit cost, and what they charge per bird. Travis Schulte, Amber’s brother, is raising chickens this year that will be processed in the mobile unit. Travis will be on the line to ask Amber and Mary a series of questions that are typical from farmers who inquire about mobile processing.

Amber Schulte grew up in Norway, Iowa, on her family’s dairy farm. On the farm – and through experiences with 4-H and FFA – she learned how to handle animals safely, which gave her a solid background to start her processing business. In 2015, she launched Schwell Chicks, an on-farm mobile poultry processing business.
Travis Schulte grew up loving life on the farm and left to pursue a career in the electrical field. He is now getting back to farm life. He plans to raise a poultry flock this year and hire his sister Amber’s mobile processing business.