The Meat Cutter trade includes carcass breaking, primal cuts, sub-primal cuts, counter-ready cuts, packaging and labelling, and the merchandizing of meat, poultry and sometimes seafood.

What do Meat Cutters do on the job?

  • Inspecting beef, breaking carcasses into various cuts.
  • Packaging, labelling and merchandizing beef products for retail.
  • Inspecting and cutting pork into segments.
  • Packaging, labelling and merchandizing pork for retail.
  • Inspecting, grading and processing poultry.
  • Packaging, labelling and merchandizing poultry products.
  • Packaging, labelling and merchandizing seafood.
Endorsements
Work under the Slaughtering endorsement involves immobilizing, bleeding, preparing and eviscerating animals. The Processing endorsement involves processing raw meat and poultry into consumer products, for example sausages, by using techniques such as smoking, curing, cooking, flavouring and merchandising.

For further details about this occupation, please see the High School to Apprenticeship handbook, or find it on this website under “Resources.”