Services

Our Services

We provide custom butchering and packing under USDA inspection, vacuum sealed and packaged for retail sale. We also offer custom exempt packaging using either vacuum packing or paper wrapping when capacity is available.Currently, we offer processing services for beef and lamb. We intend to expand into offering services for pork and more value-added options in the future.

Eventually, we plan to offer additional value added products, including burger patties, sausages, and other offerings.

Our Process

Because we do not currently have our own inspected harvest floor onsite, we are partnering with other USDA processors in neighboring counties for harvesting. All animals to be packed under inspection for retail sale must be delivered to our receiving site by the producer to our partner processors. We handle transportation to the harvest site and back to our shop for processing and packing. Harvesting can be performed on farm for freezer meat only, and will be marked and labeled Not for Resale.

Cutting Instructions

Our butcher reviews cutting instructions a week in advance to leave time for resolving questions prior to your animal getting to the cut floor. Because of this we need to receive your cut instructions on or before the day the animal is delivered for slaughter. Download our template for cutting instructions here.

Contact our office for more information and to coordinate logistics prior to your booking.

Parameters

Due to physical limitations, our initial services are limited to animals within certain parameters:

Beef

Up to ~700 pound carcass

Max 30 months old

Animals over 24 months old should have documentation showing proof of age/birthdate provided to our office in advance of delivering the animal for processing. Documentation must be authentic. Please provide a copy of your official contemporaneous record showing birthdate, tag number, etc. of the animal. This can be scanned or photographed and emailed to meats@wataugabutcher.com

USDA regulation mandates that animals over 30 months old must be segregated and handled separately due to perceived risk of BSE. Our operation is not set up to handle these procedures. If an inspector tags an animal as appearing to be over age, we must have documentation on hand immediately to avoid any adverse action being taken with your animal.

Pork

Coming soon – USDA inspected pork processing

Dry Aging

Our dry aging room has limited hanging capacity; animals will be processed with 3 to 7 days of aging in most cases.

Packaging, Labeling, and Boxing

Our standard service includes cut to order and packaging in clear plastic Cryovac, with USDA compliant retail labels. Labels can be further customized with your branding, bar coding, and/or custom printed full color labels. We can work with you on design and cost.

Product is packed in metal baskets when finished and returned to customers frozen. Fresh product may be provided as cooler space is available. We can also box product in white cardboard boxes.