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Butchers direct and undertake the slaughter of animals and prepare carcasses for storage, processing and sale.

Main Tasks

  • Slaughters animal and removes skin, hide, hairs, internal organs, etc.;
  • Cuts or saws carcasses into manageable portions;
  • Removes bones, gristle, surplus fat, rind and other waste material;
  • Cuts carcass parts into chops, joints, steaks, etc. for sale;
  • Prepares meat for curing or other processing; cleans tools and work surfaces.


There are no formal academic requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. Training is typically by apprenticeship. NVQs/SVQs are available at Levels 2 and 3. Professional qualifications are also available.

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