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The purpose of this Golden LEAF grant is to support the construction of an approximately 2,000 square foot small animal processing facility that will allow the throughput of not more than 1,000 chickens per day. A feasibility study found that at least 30 small scale independent poultry and rabbit producers in the western part of the North Carolina indicated a demand for the facility. The same study found the potential for 33,200 head of animals to be processed in the facility each year, with a retained value of $377,000.