It’s not everyday when one has total access to a butcher. In this episode Carol & Jamie takes advantage of the chance to discuss some of the details that are involved before, during and after purchasing an animal for butchering. As a customer, a producer/farmer and a butcher… all things are on the table.
2 Gals & The Butcher
Thad Erickson of Full Circle Meats on the Road Custom Cutting is our guest for this episode.
Thad gives us a first-hand rundown on what to expect from your butcher, when ordering your first beef or hog from a local farmer. He describes what can and cannot be harvested from an animal as well as the advantages of ordering a whole animal vs. a half… and a half vs a quarter (aka as a half of a half).
As a farmer, Carol gives her insights from a producer’s point of view, why and how she prices the animal the way she does and explains how some of the past on-farm butchering has gone.
Jamie asks some great questions. She understands how lost a first-time customer can be when purchasing a live, whole or half beef or hog directly from a farmer. Dealing with a butcher, before, during and after the purchase can be a intimidating.
About Thad Erickson:
Thad was a grocery store level meat mananger, in the Minneapolis/St Paul, MN area for a number of years. During the pandemic, because of the meat processing plants shut-down crisis, Thad and a hunting partner helped hog farmers from the Rush City, MN area process and sell their hogs. Because of this positive experience, they took their meat cutting business to the next level. They decided to process meat full time, settling in the Kerkhoven, MN area.
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