THE LOCAL BUTCHER POLICIES
If you have an appointment with us that you need to cancel please do not give your slot away to a friend. Please call us and cancel. We maintain an extensive waiting list of people needing appointments and it is only fair that we honor the next person on our list.
MISSED APPOINTMENT FEE
Cattle & Pigs - $100 per head
Sheep & Goats - $50 per head
THE LOCAL BUTCHER DOES NOT TAKE INTACT BULLS OVER 30 MONTHS
There will be a $200.00 charge if any bull is found to be over 30 months during a dental exam.
WILD COW CHARGE
All cattle at the facility are moved from the pens to the kill chute by Russ. Increased regulation with animal welfare, and inspections lack of understanding on livestock handling techniques, makes it increasingly difficult to safely and efficiently move animals from pens to kill chute. Because of these regulations, Russ and staff have had to wait hours to work cattle into the chute or off a trailer. At Russ' discretion, if your animal can't be moved in a timely fashion, or is too wild to handle using acceptable animal welfare practices, the slaughter fee will be doubled. If anyone has any questions, please call the shop to speak with Russ: 603 813-2054.
LATE PICKUP FEE
The local butcher in not set-up to be a storage facility for orders that are complete. We will try to work with you if there are circumstances out of your control, but as a general rule meat needs to be picked up within 3 business days of when your order is compete.
(Specified Risk Material) Unless animals are identified with ear tags or tattoos, and have matching birth records we rely on dental exam to determine age for USDA regulation. If your animal is over 30 months, we charge a $25.00 fee for extra labor involved in meeting federal regulation. Any birth records you wish to make available to us must be left when the animal is dropped off.
SRM removal has to do with Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), referred to as “mad cow disease.” This is a chronic degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of cattle. The U.S. food supply is safe from BSE and cattle originating from the U.S are considered to be safe from BSE. However, one of the safeguards put in place by FSIS, include the removal of specified risk materials (SRM’s) from those tissues in all cattle over 30 months of age that could contain the BSE agent if an animal was infected.
On our website, you will find an information sheet. This must be filled out and left when the animal is dropped off. We have them available in the office if you prefer to fill one out with us when you arrive.
Cut Sheets are available on our website. If you have dropped off an animal with The Local Butcher and have not left a cut sheet with us, it is your responsibility to get one to us. We will not be calling or emailing to remind you that we need a cut sheet. If we do not have a cut sheet when we need to organize the cut list, we will use our discretion and make up a cut sheet for your animal. We prefer that you leave us a cut sheet when you drop-off the animal. This gives us time to ask you questions for the cut sheet you have filled out and to make sure you get what you have asked for.