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Partner Story: Sierra Jepsen, Butcher Solutions

“Before COVID, you could call your local butcher and get a harvest slot the next week. But now you need to call a year in…

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Meat Processing Explained: From Harvest to Packaging

The livestock harvest-to-package process can seem a little mysterious: an animal goes in, boxes of meat come out—but what does this look like inside a…

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Butcher spraying down a hanging sheep carcass after skinning in a Mobile Harvest Unit.

Handling Wastewater in a Small Meat Processing Plant

Meat harvest, fabrication, packaging, and sanitization generates waste byproducts: from bones to blood, heads, hides, inedibles, offal, and wastewater. In another blog post, we covered…

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Creating Value-Added Products from Waste in Small Meat Processing Facilities

If you’ve considered starting a local meat processing business, you’ve likely thought, “But what will I do with all of the waste?” Rendering—the process of…

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A butcher cuts filet mignon steaks from the tenderloin of a beef carcass.

Where Does Beef Come From? Part 2: Processing & Distribution

In an earlier post we went through how beef is raised and finished, but what happens after that? We’re glad you asked, because while we’re…

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Beef cows grazing in a grassy field in the Montana countryside.

Where Does Beef Come From? Part 1: Breeding, Raising & Finishing

In the United States, beef production starts on farms and ranches across the country. How does that beef get from pasture to plate—or to a…

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Butchers transfer quartered beef carcasses from a Friesla Mobile Harvest Unit into The Meating Place Butcher Shop.

Client Story: The Meating Place

Craft butcher shops used to be a staple in communities across America. Consumers had access to fresh, locally-produced meat, hand cut by butchers they knew…

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Butchers setting up the animal restrainer for humane beef harvesting.

Why Meat Processors Need A Robust Humane Handling Program

Animal welfare is a hot topic in today’s agricultural economy—and for good reason. Humane animal handling is a moral venture and carries high cultural expectations:…

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A Friesla Modular Meat Processing System setup for MTXBeef in Texas.

Client Story: MTXBeef

MTXBeef started over a COVID-era cocktail and a campfire. It was spring 2020. The pandemic had hit. Nestled in the rolling Texas Hill Country—west of…

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Exterior view of a tan Friesla Modular Meat Processing System used by The Producer Partnership for meat processing on a ranch in Montana.

Client Story: The Producer Partnership

Think that opening a meat processing plant during a pandemic might be tough? Try starting the first nonprofit, federally-inspected meat processing plant in the United…

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