Farmer direct is the new consumer strategy.
Farmers market here in the city park every evening.
In the news paper there most usually is a rancher selling beef cows. Some even selling halves and quarters. I think they wait until there is two, three or four wanting beef then haul the cow to butcher, processed and picked up. But the rancher gets his money right up front afore the critter is hauled in.
My ex BIL spent his entire life after high school as a meat cutter. He retired from that job and has started his own meat carving service.
He just rcently purchased an enclosed trailer and installed a center track in it.
He now can go to a farmer/ranchers place, park the truck/trailer, kill, slaughter, hang and transport the critter back to his shop to be processed. He now is busier than a one legged man in a @s kickin contest.
Thats how my Sister in Idaho is doing. She said they do 1/2 or whole cow at $3 lbs, $4 wrapped. Getting the butcher done time is the issue. They don’t have their own aging refer currently. Gotta do those 10 days at 45° Before dropping to freezing or going onto the grille.
Wanna guess where I am going in September? Haha.
I really need another deep freezer. Man, those prices went sky high too.
I think she said full pig is around 300-400 currently.
It’s really amazing that there is now only 3 mega meat processor plants- the rancher/farmer gets paid so low and the super market price is so high. Its kinda like the 3 monster processing plants all decided to ramp up their prices and not compete pricing anymore.
Next thing you know- Poof! Prices are what they are.
Watch and see- you will have more and more Farmer/ rancher direct until the big corporations start leaning on gubmint to not let it happen.
Remember all those laws passed recently about people not allowed to grow their own stuff in residential areas? Long term plans for something ugly imo.