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Grass-fed beef, who to sell too??

 
Jake Black
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So i would like to get into raising livestock and am just wondering what exactly i would do once i get to the point of being ready to sell them. Do i take them to auction or what?
 
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You'd have to be in a really understanding area to get value out of well raised stock at auction. Look into yout areas laws about sales butchering and packaging of meat. Most of the time knowing the limitations of each step will lead you to where you feel comfortable.

Here as an example, I can sell meat to an individual or a restaurant directly but not to a resaler, without a huge step in certification. The cost outweighs the amount I could make in a given time, so I choose not to take that step.......

 
Jake Black
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Do you butcher and package your own meat then?
 
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In order to butcher and sell meat by the cut [within the US] requires the supervision of a licensed USDA Inspector.

Some states [Washington State for example] allow the sale of whole or fractions of an animal slaughtered by a Custom Meat slaughterhouse.

Most direct-marketing farms have external businesses do the slaughtering and butchering for them and pass those costs on to the customer.
 
Jake Black
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So with direct-market farms its really just local customers? who else could buy your meat in mass amount to really make some money.
 
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