We just got half a beef.... it was at the meat processor for over 4 weeks. Then they didn't follow our cutting instructions... a bit frustrating but the freezer is full.
During college worked in a meat department and cut meat. He hopes to have a butchering barn and do everything from our rabbits to beef. Rabbits are super simple and I am expanding our meat rabbits this year. But am a bit intimatedated about a beef. We'll see. I think the processor industry is only get worse.
I can see why people would consider beef to be super intimidating. I like the idea of starting with rabbits for practice and then going up. Maybe people could try doing sheep next before beef?
You know I wonder why those horsehoeing and tack guys don't do this? These guys seem to always be worrying about money.
In our town there was a guy that was one of my dad's friends who shoed horses for a living. He didn't really make much and when when he died his wife lost their house.
This leads me to believe that guys like that would and probably could use the money to do this kind of stuff on the side if they had half a mind to learn it. (Although I get that many of them wouldn't know about this kind of stuff off the bat.)
And what about huntsmen?
Sometimes dad would tell me some times huntsmen would go out to hunt critters like coons and stuff on peoples properties just so they didn't have go buy meat and let their dogs have stuff to practice on during certain times of the year. I wonder how many of them can do butchery work, since they are involved with it anyway? And a lot of people with lots of hunting experience have practice with some butchery skill, though I can't say if they do it well or the same way as your grocery stores.