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Hands on Butchery

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£50 – £260

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Empire Farm

Throop Road

Templecombe

Ba8 0HR

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The hands-on butchery day at the Empire Farm is a very popular course and early booking is strongly advised. On this full day course you learn butchering skills so you can deal with your own meat.

At the start of the day, you are provided with half a pig, and you work you way through the meat, butchering it under the guidance of our expert tutor. We end the day with a short sausage-making session, making use of all of the offcuts of meat produced during the butchery. If time permits, we will also cure some bacon.

There are just 4 butchery places available on this course, so you get excellent supervision from our experienced butcher.

The course offers exceptional value as you get to pack up and take home all the meat you have butchered and your batch of sausages, easily worth £150 if you had to buy it all in a supermarket.

Observers – we can accommodate a couple of additional people on this course, either as observers or as a ‘second person’ working on the same piece of meat as one of the people paying the full price. There is a small fee of £50 to cover this.

As few people have asked if they can bring their own pork to butcher which is possible, but please check with the office first and obviously there is a different pricing structure.



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Empire Farm

Throop Road

Templecombe

Ba8 0HR

United Kingdom

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Organiser Empire Farm

Organiser of Hands on Butchery

With over 35 years butchery experience, David originally gained his craft from a third generation family master butcher in Sussex.  Since those early days David honed his skills further and over the years has worked in butchers shops and farm shops as well as assisting smallholders, chefs and meat producers.   Additionally, David is also an experienced beekeeper and produces his own honey most years.

His knack for explaining things in a real down to earth way has led him more recently to mentor young apprentices and he was also approached to be a butchery course assessor for an agricultural college.  He joins Empire Farm as a tutor directly from a biodynamic and organic farm in Sussex which has been featured on BBC Countryfile.  He has a passion for animal welfare and organically reared food and how this translates into the best quality produce for us all.

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