When we say “beef company”, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the image of specialty beef shops where butchers accommodate customer requests for specific cuts of beef. However, if you’ve ever worked in a beef company, you already know that it does more than fresh meat to hungry, streak-consuming clients. The typical company processes meat, and by this we mean that they slaughter the cattle and cut them in to the pieces. It’s rather cruel when you think of it that way, but it is the way it is.
Should you look for “beef companies” on the Internet, you will find that you will find many, companies that take part in the meat processing industry and they’re involved in different processes – from cattle procurement and preparation to meat processes. Most of the companies you will find are two-man shows, with one man specializing in beef, and the other man managing day-to-day operations.
There’s this couple we know that run a custom meat processing company within our city. The man started out working at a meat shop throughout high school. After graduation, he got a degree in animal science degree and was part of the team that judged meat. Immediately after graduation and throughout his career, he’s had many encounters with different people in the meat processing industry. These encounters fueled his passions, eventually leading him to found the company that he’s owns with his wife. His employment background includes procuring fresh meat for many large companies and creating a top-quality beef brand program.
His wife, on the other hand, handles customer care and manages day-to-day operations. It’s basically a lot of work, but the wife doesn’t mind because there’s money to be made in the business.
The couple doesn’t own a restaurant. They focus on processing cattle for food service companies like caterers, as well as restaurants in their local area. Before purchasing a processing facility in 2007, the couple sourced cattle from different farmers and ranchers and had the livestock processed at the meat processing plant that they own now.
The couple’s company is constantly expanding, with the bottom line showing an increase in sales every year. However, despite the growth and the changes that have happened since 2007, a few things have remained constant: becoming the top meat supplier in their area and providing only high—quality meat to their clients.
The couple doesn’t raise the cattle themselves. They source them from the many farmers and ranchers in the state. These cattle suppliers bring the animals to the processing plant, where they are humanely treated.
It might come as a surprise to you, but the people who cut the meat spend some time as an apprentice of an experienced butcher. There’s a certain to cut meat that, not only makes it easy to eat, but also delicious to consume. Our plant owner friends (at least the husband) spent three years at a local meat shop after graduation to hone his meat-chopping skills.