“The local farmers work really hard to raise high quality animals, and it is our job to continue that care throughout the harvesting process.” Mike said. “Farmers and customers trust us to deliver the highest quality meat possible and that is exactly what we do.”
Mike Erickson is the Retail Manager with Avon Meat Locker located in Darlington, Wisconsin. This family owned meat market takes pride in providing high quality meat products to the customer from local farms.
The Avon Meat Locker contains both a harvesting facility and a retail center where customers may come in and purchase fresh or frozen meats. “The local farmers work really hard to raise high quality animals, and it is our job to continue that care throughout the harvesting process.” Mike said. “Farmers and customers trust us to deliver the highest quality meat possible and that is exactly what we do.”
Farmers across Southwest Wisconsin spend sleepless nights and long days ensuring the health of each and every animal on their farm. The Avon Meat Locker also spends their time ensuring the quality and safety of the products in the meat case. A USDA inspector over-sees the harvesting process to ensure the facility and animals are held to a very high food safety standard. An inspector is required to inspect the facility for cleanliness and sanitation as well as observe the employees as they work.
The Avon Meat Locker takes the animal from the harvesting process all the way to the meat case. The butchers in the locker are responsible for cutting and packaging retail cuts that are ready to be cooked. It is also important to Avon Meat Locker to add value to the meat case for their customers. Avon Meat Locker keeps stock of easy-to-go weeknight meals as well as holiday dinner staples.
Meat markets like Avon Meat Locker pride themselves on the continuation of excellent animal care from local farmers as well as serving their customers high quality meat products.
Once cattle reach market weight (typically 1,200 to 1,400 pounds at 18 to 22 months of age), they are sent to a processing facility ( a packing plant or meat market). United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors oversee the implementation of safety, animal welfare and quality standards from the time animals enter the plant until the final beef products are shipped to grocery stores and restaurants.