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Ranchers and Famers - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Halal Farms USA's plant is located near the center of the US and is close to major metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul, St Louis and Detroit. We want to team up with ranchers, farmers, auctioneers, wholesalers and dealers to service our customers with the best meat products on the market. Some of the questions in this page were emailed to us by ranchers. The following are our FAQ.

Products and pricing:
1. What is Halal Farms weekly animal requirement?
2. What is a Kill Sheet and what is the Kill Sheet's weight accuracy?
3. Halal Farms' weight scale?
4. What is your average weekly animal purchase?
5. How is the price figured?
6. What are your qualifications for animals?
7. What goat, lamb and beef breeds are you seeking?
8. Went on your site, what do you mean by non conforming in goats and steers?
9. Do the goats have to be Boer Goats?
10. We have show goats not meat goats
11. I was passed on your email info and was wondering if you are interested in buck kids?
12. We will begin to start having babies in early Jan. and are looking for people interested in buck kids.
13. Are you a buyer or co-op or slaughter house?
14. We produce between 50-60 kids a year and market them through local auctions. We are always looking for a better market.
15. Our area has a group of goat owners, can we group haul?
16. We have a few goats, would you be interested in purchasing this small amount?
17. Are you looking for goats, lamb and beef all year around?
18. Could you give me some specifics on what you are looking for?
19. Are there age or weight requirements for the goats, lamb and beef?
20. Do you prefer castrated or intact males?
21. Do you purchase cross breeds?
22. Are you interested in Savanna's which are DNA verified and Savanna/Spanish crosses.
23. What market do you base your pricing?
24. What are the requirements for the health of the animals?
25. The live weight price is readily available by auction sites, but I do not know where to get the hanging market price. Is the hanging market price the same everywhere or does it vary?
26. How far does Halal Farms USA dress out the animal? Basically what animals' parts remain before the animal gets to be weighted as a hot weight

Payment:
1. What is Halal farms Payment Terms?
2. I also have a question regarding your pricing. I understand you pay double the live weight of the market price for the hanging weight. Where can I find the market price for hanging goat?
3. I understand that you pay 1 week after they are butchered.

Delivery:
1. What is Delivery Cost?
2. What and when is Time of delivery?
3. Do haulers get paid by the producer or does it come out of their payment from you?

Location and Communication:
1. How to communicate with Halal Farms USA?
2. Where are you?
3. We are located in Minnesota.
4. We are too far away and would not be able to supply the correct breed or anywhere near enough to make the long distance trip practical.
5. My husband and I are just getting into meat goats and we are wondering if you have pick up in the Minnesota area?
6. I live in Michigan. I have a small herd of Boer goats ( 20 ) & I would like to find out what your price is for goats & what I would have to do to sell them to you.

Halal Farms Facilities:
1. Halal Farms USA animal pins?
2. I’m writing to inquire about your facility and the possibility of doing business with you in the future.

General Questions:
1. Thanks for the reply and answers. If I was to go start buying these animals, it would be on a live weight basis and I know that you pay on a kill weight. Would you have a price sheet available from week to week so I know what you are paying for the animals? Also, do you have truckers from past suppliers in this area that haul animals your way already?
2. I have understood Halal requirements to be male animals who are fully intact (no castration) and horns and females cannot be pregnant. Help me to be more educated too.
3. I take it then that you are not interested in custom slaughter.
4. Please also tell me what kind of annual delivery is needed to be a serious player.
5. At what time in the year do you have the largest need for numbers.
6. We are a commercial Dairy and usually have others who come pick up our bellies, but we also have just recently put in a lot of pasture and may raise up a few of our own to follow the milking herd to make effect use of our pastures. I am assuming you do take diary bucks and have standards to be met for your preferred carcass. I understand that Boer would be preferable.

Ranchers and Famers - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Answers
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1. What is Halal Farms weekly animal requirement?

       • Goats - 600 to 800 heads
       • Lamb -120 - 150 heads
       • Nannies - 120 heads
       • Beef - 12 heads

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2. What is a Kill Sheet and what is the Kill Sheet's weight accuracy?
There are two different weight categories when talking about whole animal purchasing.
Live Weight:
Live Weight is the actual weight of the animal as a living and breathing animal.
Hanging Weight (Hot Weight):
Hot Weight or Hanging Weight is the weight of the animal carcass after slaughtering, cleaning, bleed-out and removal of any unusable portions of the animal.
At Halal Farms USA, we keep the head, the liver, the heart and the kidneys with the animal..
Hanging Weight is between 51% to 54% of live weight for lamb and goats.
Kill Sheet:
Kill Sheet is the report (paper or electronic- the spread sheet) of the all Hanging Weights recorded and approved by the USDA inspector at the slaughter plant.
Kill Sheet's Weight accuracy is Within One Half pound = 0.5 lb.
All vendors are given their Kill Sheets with their payment.

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3. Halal Farms' weight scale?
Animals are weighed by their hot hanging weight, not by their cold hanging weight. We pay according to the Kill-Sheet (hot hanging weight) of the animal.
Hot hanging weight is the same accoriding to the following:

       • USDA
       • Goat publications

Hanging Weight is between 51% to 54% of live weight for lamb and goats.
Halal Farms USA's hanging weight price is roughly double of live weight market prices.

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4. What is your average weekly animal purchase?
The weekly purchase varies based on season and availability of animals.
On an average in the cold months our purchase would be the total of 460 goats, 120 lamb and 8 beef.

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5. How is the price figured?
Halal Farms USA will pay suppliers for the Hot weight (Hanging weight - in our plant) and not live weight (Hot weight is 48% - 50% of live weight). Halal Farms USA’s paying price is double the price of the current market for live weight.
We do have a price ceiling that our clients are willing to pay.
What market do you base your pricing?
We use Livestock Auction prices of San Angelo or auctions prices in your area as basis for our payment

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6. What are your qualifications for animals?
In term of live weight: 40 - 70 LB

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7. What goat, lamb and beef breeds are you seeking?
We buy all kinds & sizes of goat kids (Boer, Dairy, Spanish, Savannah, any cross breads ... - No Angora or Pigmies), nannies, lambs & sheep.
Our Customers prefer Boer.
We are seeking a supplier(s) that can bring to us on weekly basis 600 goats (preferably Boer), 120 lambs and 120 nannies

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8. Went on your site, what do you mean by non conforming in goats and steers?
We buy all kinds & sizes of goat kids (Boer, Dairy, Spanish, Savannah, any cross breads ... - No Angora or Pigmies), nannies, lambs & sheep.
Our Customers prefer Boer.

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9. Do the goats have to be Boer Goats?
No and we are looking for live and healthy animals: goats, lamb and nannies.
Our Customers prefer Boer.

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10. We have show goats not meat goats
Halal Farms is a slaughterhouse and we are looking for live animals to slaughter: goats, lamb and nannies.

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11. I was passed on your email info and was wondering if you are interested in buck kids?
We buy any size or age.

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12. We will begin to start having babies in early Jan. and are looking for people interested in buck kids.
We buy any size or age.

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13. Are you a buyer or co-op or slaughter house?
Halal Farms USA Plant is a family owned slaughterhouse since 1996 located near Rockford, IL.
We have over 16 years of solid payment records to ranchers.
We at Halal Farms USA would like see you, your friends and your neighbors become a group hauler for us and bring animals on a schedule basis (weekly, monthly or any time).

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14. We produce between 50-60 kids a year and market them through local auctions. We are always looking for a better market.
Halal Farms is a slaughterhouse and we are looking for live animals: goats, lamb and nannies.
Halal Farms USA Plant is located near Rockford, IL.
We have over 16 years of solid payment records to ranchers.
We at Halal Farms USA would like see you, your friends and your neighbors become a group hauler for us and bring animals on a schedule basis (weekly, monthly or any time).

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15. Our area has a group of goat owners, can we group haul?
We at Halal Farms USA would like see you, your friends and your neighbors become a group hauler for us and bring animals on a schedule basis (weekly, monthly or any time).

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16. We have a few goats, would you be interested in purchasing this small amount?
Yes, we can use your goats NOW if possible.

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17. Are you looking for goats, lamb and beef all year around?
Yes, we can use your goats NOW if possible.

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18. Could you give me some specifics on what you are looking for?
Halal Farms is a slaughterhouse and we are looking for live animals to slaughter: goats, lamb and nannies.
We buy any size or age.
We buy all all kinds and size (No Angora or Pigmies). Our Weekly purchases are:

       • Goats - 600 to 800
       • Lamb - 120 to 150
       • Nannies - 120
       • Beef - 12

What is Halal's weight categories?

       • Small - less than 19lb
       • Regular - 19 lb to 29.5 lb - prime - recommended
       • Medium- 30 -39.5 lb
       • large - 40 lb and over
       • Nannies: not weight categories

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19. Are there age or weight requirements for the goats, lamb and beef?
We buy any size or age.
Halal's weight categories:

       • Small - less than 19lb
       • Regular - 19 lb to 29.5 lb - prime - recommended
       • Medium- 30 -39.5 lb
       • large - 40 lb and over
       • Nannies: not weight categories

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20. Do you prefer castrated or intact males?
Halal Farms USA is a slaughterhouse and it does not make a difference to us if the animal is:

       the male/female, horn/no horn, castrated or not.

but we cannot take pregnant ones and the animal has to been healthy and USDA approved for slaughtering

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21. Do you purchase cross breeds?
We buy all kinds & sizes of goat kids (Boer, Dairy, Spanish, Savannah, any cross breads ... - No Angora or Pigmies), nannies, lambs & sheep.
Boer is preferred by our customers.

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22. Are you interested in Savanna's which are DNA verified and Savanna/Spanish crosses?
We buy all kinds & sizes of goat kids (Boer, Dairy, Spanish, Savannah, any cross breads ... - No Angora or Pigmies), nannies, lambs & sheep.
Boer is preferred by our customers.

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23. What market do you base your pricing?
We use Livestock Auction prices of San Angelo or auctions prices in your area as basis for our payment.
Halal Farms USA’s paying price is double the price of the current market for live weight.

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24. What are the requirements for the health of the animals?
The animal must be a healthy-living-breathing animal which is permissible to eat.
Vender's payment requires USDA inspector's approval of the health of the animal during our plant slaughtering processes.
USDA inspector rejection of an animal will result in NO Payment for such an animal.

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25. The live weight price is readily available by auction site, but I do not know where to get the hanging market price. Is the hanging market price the same everywhere or does it vary?
Halal Farms USA will pay suppliers for the Hot weight (Hanging weight - in our plant) and not live weight (Hot weight is 48% - 50% of live weight).
Halal Farms USA’s paying price is double the price of the current market for live weight.
We use Livestock Auction prices of San Angelo or auctions prices in your area as basis for our payment.
We do have a price ceiling that our clients are willing to pay.
Vender's payment requires USDA inspector's approval of the health of the animal during our plant slaughtering processes.
USDA inspector rejection of an animal will result in NO Payment for such an animal.
For example, if an animal is 60 LB live weight, then Hot weight would be 29.5 LB. If current market price (San Angelo or your local auction) for live weight - let us say- is $2.10, then Halal Farms paying price is $4.20.

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How far does Halal Farms USA dress out the animal? Basically what animals' parts remain before the animal gets to be weighted as a hot weight?
At Halal Farms USA, we keep the head, the liver, the heart and the kidneys with the animal.

Payment:
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1. What is Halal farms Payment Terms?
Delivery & Payment Terms:
Halal Farms USA's payment is made one week after the day of receiving the animals at our plant in Shannon, Illinois. We mail the payment checks on the Wednesday following the receiving of animals.
We require that vendors sign a waiver for receiving payment one week after the delivery day.

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2. I also have a question regarding your pricing. I understand you pay double the market price on hanging weight. Where can I find the market price for hanging goat?
We use Livestock Auction prices of San Angelo or auctions prices in your area as basis for our Live Weight pricing.
Such Live Weight pricing is used in calculating the Hanging Weight.
Halal Farms USA will pay suppliers for the Hanging weight (Hot weight - in our plant) and not Live Weight.
Hanging weight is 48% - 50% of Live Weight.
Halal Farms USA’s paying price is double the price of the current market for live Weight.
We do have a price ceiling that our clients are willing to pay.

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3. I understand that you pay 1 week after they are butchered.
Our payment system is as follows:

       • We mail vendors' PO and checks on the following Wednesday after the animals are slaughtered.
       • We may call the venders to clear any issues.

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1. What is Delivery Cost?
Hauling is the responsibility of the vendors, but we do have pickup partners in certain states to help famers with delivery.

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2. What and when is Time of delivery?
We can work out a plan of delivery including weekends.
Arriving at Our Plant:
We do have experienced staff that would help haulers with getting the animals in our pins. We do provide feed and water to the animals plus our staff will handle all the paperwork.

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3. Do haulers get paid by the producer or does it come out of their payment from you?
Hauling is the responsibility of the vendors, but there are a lot ranchers who need help with hauling. Based on the ranchers and their haulers written agreement, we may pay haulers their hauling fees, and would deducted the fees from the ranchers' Purchase Order (PO), only if we get their fees and agreement in writing.

Arriving at Our Plant:
We do have experienced staff that would help haulers with getting the animals in our pins. We do provide feed and water to the animals plus our staff will handle all the paperwork.

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1. How to communicate with Halal Farms USA?
Replying to questions and concerns within 24 hours.

       • Calling - Phone: (815) 864 - 2875
       • Emailing : mnour90@hotmail.com
       • Fax: (815) 864 - 2876

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2. Where are you?

See Shannon Map and Contact Information pages:

       Contact us

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3. We are located in Minnesota.
Halal Farms USA Plant is located near Rockford, IL which is not far from the Minnesota border. A lot Minnesota ranchers bring to Halal Farms USA their animals and please feel free to checkout our payment history with them.

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4. We are too far away and would not be able to supply the correct breed or anywhere near enough to make the long distance trip practical.
Group hauling is the answer to reducing the hauling cost and we at Halal Farms USA would like see you, your friends and your neighbors become a group hauler for us and bring animals on a schedule basis (weekly, monthly or any time).

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5. My husband and I are just getting into meat goats and we are wondering if you have pick up in the Minnesota area?
We can direct you to nearest Halal Farms vendors and help you with hauling issue with them.

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6. I live in Michigan. I have a small herd of Boer goats ( 20 ) & I would like to find out what your price is for goats & what I would have to do to sell them to you.
For pricing call our office (708) 8452525 and you may need to schedule a time so you can bring your animals to Halal Farms USA.

Halal Farms Facilities:
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1. Halal Farms USA animal pins?
Our facilities have 8 pins and can hold up to 700 animals where we can provide food and water.
Our facility has plenty of open space and airways.
We offer livestock trailers and trucks docking for unloading animals.

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2. I’m writing to inquire about your facility and the possibility of doing business with you in the future.
Health of the animals:
All animals would have access to feed and water. Our facility has plenty of open space and airways.

Our animal pins:
Halal Farms USA plant is equipped to handle big and small slaughtering processes of animals such as cattle, sheep and goats. Our plant can slaughter 500 animal and has the coolers and freezers needed to store them.
We offer livestock trailers and trucks docking for unloading animals.
Our plant's space and capability are as follows:

       • 4,800 Square Feet
       • 3.5 Acre
       • 8 pins and can hold up to 700 animals where we can provide food and water

Water and food for the animals:
The animals will be provided with food and water in our pens.

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1. Thanks for the reply and answers. If I was to go start buying these animals, it would be on a live weight basis and I know that you pay on a kill weight. Would you have a price sheet available from week to week so I know what you are paying for the animals? Also, do you have truckers from past suppliers in this area that haul animals your way already?
For pricing call our office (708) 8452525 and you may schedule a time so you can bring your animals to Halal Farms USA.

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2. I have understood Halal requirements to be male animals who are fully intact (no castration) and horns and females cannot be pregnant. Help me to be more educated too.
Halal Farms USA is a slaughterhouse and it does not make a difference to us if the animal is:

       the male/female-horn/no horn-castrated-or not.

but we cannot take pregnant ones and the animal has to been healthy and USDA approved for slaughtering

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3. I take it then that you are not interested in custom slaughter.
We specialize in producing Halal-Kosher meat and in a nutshell, we have to do the animal killing according to the Islamic Rules + USDA Rules also. Halal Farms USA has to doing the killing not anyone else. Please check our Halal Certificate that is issued by the Shari'ah Board of America, which is a Division of Rahmat-e-Alam Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. the Shari'ah Board of America had examined Halal Farms slaughtering processes and had agreed and issued the certificate as their approval of Halal Farms Zabiha processes.

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4. Please also tell me what kind of annual delivery is needed to be a serious player.
To Halal Farms USA, all our vendors are important. We know that we cannot do it without our venders regardless of the size of delivery.
Halal Farms USA has a number of our supplies gross over $500,000 every year from Halal Farms USA.

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5. At what time in the year do you have the largest need for numbers.
January through March.

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6. We are a commercial Dairy and usually have others who come pick up our bellies, but we also have just recently put in a lot of pasture and may raise up a few of our own to follow the milking herd to make effect use of our pastures. I am assuming you do take diary bucks and have standards to be met for your preferred carcass. I understand that Boer would be preferable.
We buy all kinds & sizes of goat kids (Boer, Dairy, Spanish, Savannah, any cross breads ... - No Angora or Pigmies), nannies, lambs & sheep. Boer is preferred by our customers.

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