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What do Butchers and Meat Cutters do?

Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.

What are the Main Tasks of Butchers and Meat Cutters?

  • Wrap, weigh, label and price cuts of meat.
  • Prepare and place meat cuts and products in display counter, so they will appear attractive and catch the shopper's eye.
  • Prepare special cuts of meat ordered by customers.
  • Cut, trim, bone, tie, and grind meats, such as beef, pork, poultry, and fish, to prepare meat in cooking form.
  • Receive, inspect, and store meat upon delivery, to ensure meat quality.
  • Shape, lace, and tie roasts, using boning knife, skewer, and twine.
  • Estimate requirements and order or requisition meat supplies to maintain inventories.
  • Supervise other butchers or meat cutters.
  • Record quantity of meat received and issued to cooks and/or keep records of meat sales.
  • Negotiate with representatives from supply companies to determine order details.
  • Cure, smoke, tenderize and preserve meat.
  • Total sales, and collect money from customers.
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