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Locker plants are swamped #5393406 04/04/20 10:39 AM
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? For those of you that use your local meat locker.
I called my farmer buddy to see about getting stocked back up on burger and he told me that it’s crazy delays at getting critters in. Luckily he keeps slots reserved throughout the year we will be able to get a 1200 lb open cow in next week. He’s got people calling him that have never got critters from him trying to buy one of his reserved slots in the locker. He called the 3 lockers that he deals with this morning and the first open slot is 15 June.
Is it this way nation wide or just some quirk around here?
Made some calls to my kids and buddies this morning and we decided to just grind her up into all burger since the future situation is unknown.

Re: Locker plants are swamped [Re: P10crew] #5393433 04/04/20 11:08 AM
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Our local meat locker is well stocked but they only carry high end meats so their prices are 2-3x anywhere else. Their hamburger is $10/lb and steaks start at $12/lb.
I live in cattle country so their supply line is just fine.

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Re: Locker plants are swamped [Re: P10crew] #5393448 04/04/20 11:27 AM
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Could you explain how a meat locker works?

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Re: Locker plants are swamped [Re: P10crew] #5393459 04/04/20 11:36 AM
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Is a meat locker like a butcher shop?


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Re: Locker plants are swamped [Re: loneryder] #5393488 04/04/20 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by loneryder
Could you explain how a meat locker works?


The one I worked at in my teens in the 70s in Pa was a butcher shop that did mostly customer supplied sides of beef and pig with a huge walk in 0 degree freezer that had lockable drawers that customers kept their frozen meat in. Like a bank's safe deposit area for frozen meat. They also had meat displays and sold over the counter and probably ordered sides for people for custom cutting as well. Long gone, glad to hear they still exist.



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Re: Locker plants are swamped [Re: P10crew] #5393489 04/04/20 12:11 PM
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I haven’t seen a locker in 40-50 years.

When households started to purchase freezers themselves then that was the beginning of the end of the lockers.

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Re: Locker plants are swamped [Re: P10crew] #5393499 04/04/20 12:19 PM
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Wow... around here there are meat lockers and meat markets and of coarse packing houses.
At a meat locker the farmer pulls up in the back with his steer or cow in a trailer they off load him, shoot him in the head, gut him, dehead and deskin him. What is left is called a hanging carcas. That carcus goes in a cooler to age. When the aging period is over they bring the carcus into the trim room where its cut up and packaged how the customer wants it.

When I order a steer my buddy pens it up separate and feeds it food that is heavy with corn for 90-100 days to marble the meat. Just prior to the cutting and packaging the locker will call you and ask several questions like how many steaks per package, how much burger per package, what do you want done with the organ meat, how thick do you want the steaks and a whole host of other questions. Then after it’s well frozen they call you and you go get it in box’s.
Nothing better! Mmmm num num

Re: Locker plants are swamped [Re: P10crew] #5393506 04/04/20 12:24 PM
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Pim not so around here. Meat lockers are very abundant and in high demand. Big big difference in quality of meat in farm raised vs feedlot roided up meat.

Re: Locker plants are swamped [Re: AZjeff] #5393508 04/04/20 12:25 PM
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Could you explain how a meat locker works?

a huge walk in 0 degree freezer that had lockable drawers that customers kept their frozen meat in. Like a bank's safe deposit area for frozen meat.


So what happens if the power goes out for a few days after a storm or the refrigeration conks out? Is the meat insured? Are there backup systems? Just checking in case I want to get myself frozen at the end.

Re: Locker plants are swamped [Re: P10crew] #5393510 04/04/20 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by P10crew
Then after it’s well frozen they call you and you go get it in box’s.
Nothing better! Mmmm num num


You had me until this. Frozen? Cook up a frozen steak? Wouldn't a TV dinner be just as good?

Re: Locker plants are swamped [Re: P10crew] #5393515 04/04/20 12:35 PM
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Aging room at a locker plant.

Mmmm now I want to thaw out some T bones for the babe and I.
Ati..... you live in a different world than I my friend.

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Originally Posted by atikovi
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Could you explain how a meat locker works?

a huge walk in 0 degree freezer that had lockable drawers that customers kept their frozen meat in. Like a bank's safe deposit area for frozen meat.


So what happens if the power goes out for a few days after a storm or the refrigeration conks out? Is the meat insured? Are there backup systems? Just checking in case I want to get myself frozen at the end.


You looking to get a meat locker or looking to get frozen when you die?

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Some of the most crooked business places on the planet earth. You take your fine 18 month old steer that has been coddled and fed sweet feed and is fat and tender. Call the butcher, he comes and kills and guts, dehides and hangs the beef. He then cuts and packages it and places it in your locker. He charges by the pound for this and a monthly fee for the locker. What you MAY end up getting is somebodies aged out dairy cow and your beef is sold fresh in the market. Happens most the time this way. Find a trustworthy butcher and locker and stick with them Sort of like an honest salesman and car dealer. rare commodities.


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Mmmm now I want to thaw out some T bones for the babe and I.
Ati..... you live in a different world than I my friend.


Plenty of frozen food in the supermarket, I just assume if people go to all the trouble of cooking a steak they would want one that is fresh, not frozen.

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