Custom Meat Processing

Custom Meat Processing in Central Alberta

TK Ranch offers quality custom meat processing services to family farms and ranches in east-central Alberta. Our commitment to animal welfare and quality has given us an exceptional reputation in the processing industry with people traveling from all over central and southern Alberta to use our services. When we started direct marketing our own brand of meat products in 1995 we used many small custom processors to slaughter, cut and package our products. We know there’s nothing more disappointing than investing your time and money into properly finishing an animal only to receive poorly trimmed, cut and packaged beef. We decided to build our own facilities to control how our animals were slaughtered and processed to offer our retail customers the best quality products. We offer the same quality service to those opting to use our custom processing for their livestock too. Beautifully cut and trimmed roasts and steaks all done to your specifications – all vacuum packaged to extend freezer life! Additionally, all value-added processed meats are made with your beef. Additionally we don’t use gluten, MSG, nitrites, dairy, sugar, corn, fillers and binders. All spices and seasoning are also certified organic. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from people that we’re considering expanding our services.

Our small state-of-the-art red meat abattoir is located right on TK Ranch, 26 kms south of Coronation and 55 kms  northeast of Hanna. We process livestock every Monday and offer a 14 day age time for beef. If you want a longer hang-time we charge an extra $5/day and need to know this at booking please! Our cutting facility is located 20 minutes east of Calgary. We deliberately separated slaughter from processing so we could attract the quality staff we need to offer you exceptional service. Once cut and packaged we transport your beef back to our abattoir for pick-up. We offer beautifully cut and trimmed roasts and steaks all done to your specifications – all vacuum packaged to extend freezer life! Additionally, all value-added processed meats are made with your beef. More importantly, when we process your beef you get your own ground beef back. We DO NOT commingle trim from several customers in our cutting room which is almost standard practice in small abattoirs today. Additionally we don’t use gluten, MSG, nitrites, dairy, sugar, corn, fillers and binders. All spices and seasoning are also certified organic.

Please note: If you have customers in the Calgary region that would like to pick-up at our cutting facility instead of traveling to our abattoir south of Coronation this can be arranged. But we charge a $30 pick-up fee per customer for this service. This is because we’re a small facility and don’t have the staff resources to load out customers. So when someone picks up we have to stop production and re-direct other staff to help. This fee helps offset our downtime. Thanks for your understanding.

We’re small – we’re currently only processing 6 custom beef every week. This is so we can offer a low-stress slaughter and quality processing. Our services are very popular so please book your cattle many months in advance from  when you’d like them processed! Please contact us to book your processing date or if you have any other questions.

Meat Processing Fees

When we did a comparison of our pricing to several other facilities we discovered that while their cut/wrap charge was a bit lower, they charged people for grinding, boning out roasts and several other services  which added a lot to the end cost. In the end our pricing was very competitive. Our price includes cutting and grinding – even better we vacuum package everything to prevent freezer burn, extend storage life and for an easy mess fee thaw – no more soggy brown wrapped packages!

Want us to split up your beef into halves or quarters? We don’t charge a fee to split a beef into 2 equal halves, but charge $10 per split for quarters. So if you want a beef half split into 2 mixed quarters (dividing a half evenly between 2 people) you will be charged and additional $20. This is to cover our time to split, box, weigh and invoice each person. PLEASE NOTE: If you want your beef divided into mixed quarters the cutting must be the same for both quarters – it’s difficult to cut quarters on the same beef half differently and don’t offer this service. Thanks for your understanding.

PROCESSING FEES

Beef (UTM) $110.00/head
Beef (OTM) $135.00/head (mature bulls will be considered, but add $50)
Tagged Beef We charge an additional $100/beef that is tagged with manure at slaughter

INSPECTION FEES

All livestock $8.00/head

DISPOSAL FEES

All livestock $0.11/lb on hot hanging weight

CUT/WRAP/Boxing FEES

Based on the hot hanging weight
Unlike other processors that charge between $0.35 and $0.50/lb for grinding, this is included in our prices.
Additionally we vacuum package all of product to prevent freezer burn and many processors charge $0.40 to $1.00//lb for this service. This is included in our price of $1.21/lb or $2.67/kg. All product will be labelled with the item name and weight of the package – a service few other processors offer. All meat will be boxed for transportation, all boxes are $1.75 each.

VALUE ADDED PROCESSING

PLEASE NOTE: Due to severe staff shortages we are currently not offering to make any patties or sausages. Hopefully we will be able to offer this service again in the near future. Thanks for your understanding.

Stew, Stirfry or Minute Steaks $1.00/lb or $2.18/kg 
Fresh Sausages (breakfast, bratwurst, chorizo, fennel, Italian, hot Italian) $2.20/lb or $4.85/kg (25 lb min)
Patties (plain, 6 oz) $1.81/lb or $4.00/kg (25 lb min)
Patties (seasoned, 6 oz) $2.03/lb or $4.48/kg  (25 lb min)
Smoked Sausages (smokies, Mennonite, garlic) $3.25/lb or $7.15/kg (150 lb min)

STORAGE: We will charge $5/day for any product that is not picked up within 7 days of being called.