Marianas Feasibility Study
evaluating the feasibility of a slaughterhouse/meat business
Project components
About the project

Project documents   


Below are links to documents produced or compiled for this slaughterhouse study; these documents and links are also referenced within the web pages on this project website regarding various components of the project that are being evaluated:

·        Click here to see a graphic of land area, population, and population density for each of the islands; for comparison purposes, data for Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island are included.

·         Click here to see a table of livestock production in the Marianas, from the 2007 USDA Agricultural Census. 

·         Click here to view estimated demand for beef in the Marianas (based on 2007 population data).

·        Click here to view estimated demand for pork in the Marianas (based on 2007 population data).

·        Click here to see some advertisements of retail meats being sold in Guam and Saipan during December 2010.

·        For comparison purposes, click here for a price list of JJ’s Country Market on the Big Island of Hawaii, which specializes in grass-fed beef products.

·         Click here to see a chart of military-related construction expenses on Guam in recent years.

·         Click here for the Microsoft Excel-based user-interactive tool for evaluation of operational, economic, and financial aspects of the project.

·        Click here for the accompanying notes and explanatory information to the illustrative analysis model.

·        Click here for the Guam Slaughterhouse Study, April 1997.


Below are links to other links of particular interest to this slaughterhouse study; most of these links are also referenced within the web pages on this project website regarding various components of the project that are being evaluated:

·         Marianas Grazing and Livestock Management Academy; http://marianasgrazingacademy.org/

·        USDA provides a wealth of information regarding cattle production and beef consumption at:  http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/Cattle/

·        University of Hawaii’s report “Stocking Rate: The Most Important Tool in the Toolbox”: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/oc/freepubs/pdf/PRM-4.pdf

·        USDA provides a wealth of information regarding pig production and pork consumption at:  http://www.ers.usda.gov/briefing/hogs/

·        Planning a Small Meat-Packing Business”, from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. This 49-page illustrated guide includes plant layouts and facilities, regulatory agencies and utilities, management, and basic feasibility calculations for a meat packing business: http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/PubSubject.asp?varSubject=Livestock&offset=-1

·        The USDA has a web portal devoted to “small-to-very-small” slaughterhouses:  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/small_very_small_plants/index.asp

·        “Guide to Designing a Small Red Meat Plant”, by Iowa State University Extension Service: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM2077.pdf

·        Regarding handling and treatment of the animals prior to slaughter, including minimizing animal stress; refer to: http://www.grandin.com/meat/meat.html

·        The scope of the military expansion on Guam is evident from the website http://guambasebuildup.com/

·        Management of Animal Carcasses, Tissue, and Related Byproducts; 3rd International Symposium; July 2009; http://www.umext.maine.edu/byproductssymposium09/

·        A Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point System (HACCP) plan must be developed and used by small and very small commercial slaughter plants.  Refer to: http://www.meathaccp.wisc.edu/Model_Haccp_Plans/slaughter.html 

·        More than 90% of the 6,000 plants inspected by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are small or very small. FSIS provides a special website to help operators of small and very small meat, poultry and processed egg product facilities: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Small_Very_Small_Plants/

·        Mobile Slaughter/Processing Units: http://www.extension.org/pages/Mobile_Slaughter%2FProcessing_Units

·        Feasibility Analysis for a Mobile Slaughter Unit: The planning tool can be obtained from this site: http://www.extension.org/pages/Feasibility_Analysis_for_a_Mobile_Slaughter_Unit (AES recommends downloading the xls file to your hard drive, then running the file within excel, not through the browser.)

·        the USDA’s Business and Industry (B&I) Loan Guarantee program may be suitable for this type of project in the Marianas; refer to: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/busp/b&i_gar.htm