- Custom Cutting
- Bulk Ground Beef
- Vacuum Packing
T&E Meats provides USDA-inspected slaughter and meat processing services for farmers in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland who provide exceptional local meats for local tables. Our specialty is private label co-packing, so we understand the needs of producers who are developing high-quality, local meats. Our farmers and producers sell their meats through local farmers’ markets, on-farm stores, and their buying clubs. Some of our producers also sell their meats to local restaurants and to retail establishments.
BRING US YOUR FOUR-LEGGED FARM ANIMALS
Our farmers bring beef and pork to T&E Meats for USDA-inspected slaughter and processing. T&E Meats also does limited processing of small ruminants and exotics. We also provide custom processing for farmers who do not require USDA labels when they are selling whole, half or quarter animals to private customers. We welcome both our USDA and our locker meat customers.
A PERFECT FIT: SMALL, MEDIUM OR LARGE
T&E is committed to the growth of the local meat industry, which is reflected in our motto: “Helping farmers feed people.” Consequently, T&E works with many farmers including large local producers who may want to bring twenty or more animals at a time for processing and small farmers who may want to process just one or two animals per year. We process well over 1 million pounds of meat per year.
HAVE IT YOUR WAY
Whether you are a large-volume producer or a low-volume farmer, T&E Meats works with every customer to hang, cut and process your meat according to the specific, individualized cutting instructions you supply. Cutting instructions may include specific and unusual meat cuts as well as information for patties and sausage. We provide sausage in a variety of shapes, sizes, and seasonings. Also, we hang beef for one to two weeks, but we can adjust the timing based on customer preferences, depending on circumstances.
Prices for slaughter and processing are listed on our pricing sheet. Customers should also consult our Customer Guidelines booklet to fully understand all of the decisions that go into processing an animal. Be sure you make decisions based on our current pricing, which is typically reviewed and updated annually every year (although specific changes may be introduced at any time).
SCHEDULING ANIMALS FOR SLAUGHTER AND PROCESSING
Typically, our busy months at T&E Meats run from May through December, so lead times for your animals during those months tends to be longer, especially between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. If you anticipate needing a slaughter date during our busy time, it is best to schedule ahead of time. From January through April, we can more easily accommodate shorter lead times. To schedule animals for slaughter, just contact T&E Meats by phone at 540-434-4415. Or, you can click here to email your request for a slaughter date.
USDA INSPECTION LABELS
Farmers who are testing out the idea of marketing their own meats can use our USDA-approved T&E Meats labels. If a farmer decides to move forward with their own branded meats and wants to affix personally designed labels to their meats, we will work with you to develop your own custom label, which can include your own logo, should you choose. We will also assist you with obtaining USDA approval for your labels, which includes guidelines about information that is required and permissible. NOTE: We actively discourage labels making special claims about breeds or other qualifications.
T&E Meats uses vacuum packaging to seal in the freshness of your meats. We do not paper wrap any meats.
EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW
Basic information about our services is included on this page. We provide more detailed information about all aspects of working with T&E in our T&E Meats Customer Guidelines. If you would like to download or print our Customer Guidelines booklet, please click here.