Rural Butchers

Federated Farmers Rural Butchers is an industry group that was started in 1988 to represent the interests of rural butchers.

Rural Butchers operate in the homekill sector and, as dual-operator butchers, homekill butchers or homekill contractors, are paid to kill and/or process unregulated meat from unlicensed premises such as farms by the owners of the animals.

Rural Butchers get together every year, for a general meeting and conference. All members are welcome to attend these gatherings to socialise, to meet with other Rural Butchers and to share thoughts about issues the industry faces.

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Rural Butchers Group News

Cyclone Gita- preparing for the storm

Posted on 19/02/2018
As you will know NZ is battening down the hatches for Cyclone Gita, currently predicted to have most initial impact around the Top of the South Island, West Coast, and bottom of the North Island.

MPI workshops for Dual Operator Butchers

Posted on 2/02/2018
You are invited to attend one of seven workshops for Dual Operator Butchers (DOB) throughout February.

New Mycoplasma Bovis case confirmed

Posted on 15/11/2017
The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed another case of Mycoplasma Bovis (M.Bovis).

Katie Milne is new National President

Posted on 23/06/2017
Following yesterday's Federation elections at Wellington, West Coast dairy farmer Katie Milne was elected National President.

Support Farmers Choice to Use Approved Genetic Technologies

Posted on 9/06/2017
Do you think farmers should have the right to choose when it comes to approved genetic technologies?

Rural Butchers Policy Work


2018 Rural Butchers Conference
Friday 21– Sunday 23 September at Tauranga
See the latest Butcher's Blurb for more information

Butchers Blurb

Butchers Blurb December 2017

Posted on 21/12/2017
As thoughts turn to the festive season, let’s reflect on the highlights for the Rural Butchers in 2017

Butchers Blurb

Posted on 23/12/2016
Another festive season is here and hopefully it is a busy time for homekill operators and DOBs. Let’s reflect on a busy 2016 for myself and the members of your Executive.