Butcher and Smallgoods Maker

Butchers and Small Goods Makers use a range of processing machines to hand-pick, prepare and sell meat and meat related products and small goods.

Duties and tasks

  • Adhere to strict health and safety regulations
  • Consulting with the public as to which cuts of meat to purchase
  • Cut, bone, trim, tenderise and marinate meat ready for presentation and sale
  • Cutting meat into different "cuts"
  • Ensuring meat and food safety
  • Mix spices to create seasonings, marinades, pickles and other meat dressings
  • Monitor stock and order supplies as necessary
  • Operate various pieces of machinery and equipment such as grinders, mixers, mincers, sausage fillers, cooking kettles, vats and smoking chambers
  • Operating a range of machines intended to grind, cut and otherwise process meat
  • Potentially making sauces or adding ingredients to meat for flavoring purposes
  • Prepare product displays
  • Process various kinds of meet such as beef, lamb, pork and chicken into different cuts
  • Provide high standards of customer service and advise customers on how to prepare and cook their meat
  • Selecting cuts of meat
  • Transfer meat stock to cold storage areas

Skills required

  • Ability to get others to take action and see things from a different point of view
  • Able to Perform Physical Work
  • Considering and seeking to improve ones own performance as well as that of other individuals
  • Enjoy Practical and Manual Work
  • Fully participating in the listening process and comprehending various points being made
  • Good Manual Dexterity
  • Health and Safety Awareness
  • Interest in assisting other people
  • Strong Communication and Customer Service
  • Thinking critically and using logic in order to find solutions to issues that arise

Working conditions

Butchers and Small Goods Makers usually work six days a week and often work long hours with early morning starts. They are required to deal with customers, operate machinery, stand on their feet for long periods of time and may be exposed to and stained by blood and/or fat.

Professional associations / Industry information

AgriFood Skills Australia
Australian Meat Industry Council
National Meat Industry Training Advisory Council Limited

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