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UF/IFAS Seminar on Wild Game Processing: From Field to Table

Saturday, September 29, 2012
9:00am to 3:00pm
UF Meat Processing Laboratory
2250 Shealy Drive, Room 156, Gainesville, Florida 32611

Seminar Agenda
9:00am Welcome and Introduction
9:15am Zoonotic Diseases from Wild Game
10:00am Assuring Safety and Quality During Dressing and Skinning
10:45am Game Meat Safety and Quality
11:30am Carcass Fabrication
12:30pm Break
1:00pm Sausage Processing
3:00pm Adjourn

Hunting can put meat on the family table, and a University of Florida workshop is helping area men and women learn the fine points of bringing that meat home safe and ready to cook or store.

It’s called Wild Game Processing: From Field to Table, a six-hour workshop held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the UF animal sciences department, part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

“Proper handling and processing minimizes the risk of foodborne illness and improves the quality and storage life of wild game products for your family,” said Chad Carr, a UF meat science assistant professor. He organizes and leads the workshop, now in its second year.

Carr explained that proper field dressing can minimize the chances of cross-contamination with pathogens from other sources. And proper handling can extend the storage life of wild game products by discouraging bacterial growth.

“We emphasize ‘keep it clean, keep it cold and minimize cross-contamination,’” he said.

The workshop focuses mainly on deer and wild hogs, Carr said, because they’re the most commonly taken large game species in North Florida.

The program includes both lecture material and hands-on demonstrations with deer and hog carcasses. Topics covered include: diseases that can be transmitted from game animals to people, proper field dressing and skinning, game meat safety and quality, butchering, and safe transportation. There will also be a session on sausage processing.

Cost for the workshop is $30 per adult and $20 per youth age 18 or younger, if registered by Sept. 21. After that, there will be an extra $15 fee. Snacks and meat samples will be provided. Space for the event is limited.

To register, visit http://www.animal.ifas.ufl.edu/conferences/documents/wild_game.pdf

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