- Jul 12, 2004
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- Baker County, Oregon
I think what he is referring to is selling halves of beef where the customer tells the butcher how they want it cut and packaged. For you to have the meat cut and sell in individual packages requires USDA inspection. That is USDA inspected slaughter and cutting. Not always available every where and more expensive when you can find it.I am only 20 miles from Colorado Springs, so there is a substantial and growing market here. Why let the buyer slice and dice, vice packaging?
I know a couple who have developed a packaged meat business. They are in north central Oregon. They have to haul their cattle about 180(?) miles to a USDA inspected slaughter. Once the meat cools they have to haul it about 100 miles to a place that has a USDA inspected cutting line. Sell beef by the half is a lot simpler but will require moving more animals to make the business click.