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

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?

Water reform proposals - Clean Water 2017 consultation

Posted on 24/03/2017
In late February, Ministers Smith and Guy announced the next round of proposed water reforms called ‘Clean Water’ for consultation.

Read the latest Butchers Blurb

Rural Butchers Policy Work


2017 Rural Butchers Conference
This event will be based at Gore and will be held from Friday 18 August - Sunday 20 August. Included will be a number of field trips to rural butchers and related businesses as well as the AGM and a conference dinner.

For more information or to obtain a Registration Form, contact:
David Burt or 027 448 9170.

Registrations close on Friday 14 July