Important Considerations for Value Adding Meat and Choosing a Processor – Grass Fed Life – Episode 37

Grass Fed Life

If you are value adding your meat product via a processing by having them make something like sausage or bacon, then you might be more tied to that particular process than you think.

Depending on how that entity makes that product and what they put in it, it creates a specific flavor profile. A flavor profile that your customer base likely associates with you and your farm.

But that flavor profile isn’t coming just from you.

What happens then if that other piece of the puzzle goes away?

How do you then replicate that same product using another entity?

If the success of a particular product is in part based on an entity that isn’t you, what do you do?

If the product changes, what will your customers think? Will they notice? Maybe, maybe not?

But it’s something to think about, and it’s the topic of today’s show.

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Notes from this episode:

  • If you are value adding don’t forget to consider the costs that go into that value add – they can vary greatly from butcher to butcher.
  • What seasoning are they using in the value add?
    • Does that work for your customer base?
  • Butcher Considerations:
    • How are they marking your animal?
      • So you know you are getting your animal back.
    • Will they allow customer pick up?
    • How are they packaging the animal?
      • What’s the charge?
      • Is it customizable?
      • How good are the seals?
    • What types of additives go into their value add products?
      • Depending on your customer base this might be important.
    • Do you get along with the owner?
      • How easy are they to work with?
      • How good is their communication?
      • Does it look clean?

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