Rural Butchers

Rural Butchers is a Federated Farmers industry group that was started in 1998 to represent the interests of the Homekill Sector with the advent of the Animal Products Act in 1999. Rural Butchers are either Homekill Service Providers [HKSP] who are paid to kill and/or process unregulated meat from unlicensed premises such as farms, by the owners of the animals OR Dual Operator Butchers [DOB] who as well as providing homekill services, also operate as a retail butcheries, processing/selling regulated meat sourced from licensed premises.

The selling or trading of unregulated meat is illegal and DOB have to ensure that the regulated and unregulated meat and meat products are kept separated and they operate under a Risk Management Programme that is verified by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Both Homekill Service providers and Dual Operator Butchers are  registered on the MPI website. More information about the homekill sector can be found on the Homekill and Recreational Catch page on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.

The Federated Farmers Rural Butchers industry group  is managed by an Executive and gets involved as necessary, in policy and issues that affect the sector. Rural Butchers also 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.

What's been happening

It would be a crime if you didn't do this survey

Posted on 2/05/2021
Thank you to the over 700 members who have responded to the Rural Crime Survey so far. ..

Submission on the Water Services Bill

Posted on 2/03/2021
We have mixed views on this Bill. We have significant concerns with the drinking water provisions which we believe may well have a deleterious impact on small rural water supplies...

Banking survey closes today

Posted on 11/05/2020
A big thank-you to the many hundreds of members who have already filled in the first Federated Farmers Banking Survey for 2020...

Rural Butchers Contacts