Frequently Asked Questions
Are the Animals Grass Fed?
Our animals are grass fed, pasture raised, and then finished on grain for the last few weeks. We are aware that there is a trend towards grass finished beef with people claiming that it is healthier for you, however in our opinion, and we have looked at the research, the supposed health benefits are pretty negligible if observable at all. One thing we can tell you first hand though is that Grain-Finished Beef tastes much, much better and is also a far better value for your money. Be careful, we have seen time and time again, various meat companies lying to people saying that their beef is 100% grass fed and finished when it is clearly not, just because that is what the customer wants to hear. It is easy to tell at a glance if you know what to look for, true grass finished beef is very lean and the fat has a yellow, greenish appearance. When meat is grain finished it has good marbling and the fat is white with a waxy appearance, grain finished is what you will see 99% of the time here in Alberta. We at the Westlock Butcher Shop want to dispel the myth that grass finished is somehow better, and want to educate the public that actual grass finished beef is pretty hard to find(unless you buy it from Austrailia), and not worth it. We will stand by the quality of the animals we sell and that is why we finish on high quality grains such as oats, barley and alfalfa (like farmers have done for generations) and don't lie to people about it.
Is it Organic?
The meat we sell is not "certified" organic, however it does meet most of the criteria to be considered organic. The Farmers we deal with are too small of operations for it to be worthwhile to get the organic certification, if they did we would have to charge more to the customers. So in a sense the products we sell are even better than certified organic because they come from small farmers that you can trust.
Is It Halal?
What Breed of Cattle do you sell?
Mostly Black and Red Angus, or mixed breeds, like Angus/Charolais.
What Is the best way to pay?
Believe it or not, Email Money Transfer is the best way to pay. We have to pay processing fees on credit cards, especially on our online store. We much prefer you to call or text us and pay at the door. But we are willing to do what is most convenient for you, the customer.
Can I buy a lamb or goat?
Yes, but It may be more pricey than you expect, and you will get a lot less meat than you think. You will be paying approximately $400 for 30lbs of meat, contact us for a consultation @780-350-8812.
***You will need to buy the whole animal, or have a friend or two to split it with.***
What if I am not home, how will I receive delivery?
That is not a problem, deliveries are usually made from 1-6pm. Depending on where you live, it is possible to get a delivery after 5pm. I can also deliver to your work, or deliver to your home packed in a box with ice so it will last for easily 2-4 hours. You can always leave your own cooler packed with ice out for us or rent one from us. We always deliver on Tuesdays and Fridays. Here is our Shipping Area.
Do you ship meat to other provinces/the USA?
Currently not at this time, it is very expensive to ship meat as it is very heavy, needs dry ice to stay frozen and the delivery companies are not as reliable as we would like in getting packages there on time.
I have a farm, Can you slaughter and process my beef/pork?
Absolutely, We are a fully licensed mobile butchers. We will come out to your farm and slaughter your animals and bring them back to our facility for processing. We would need you to supply to a tractor or loader and electricity. We charge $150 for each Cow and $60 for each Pig. These prices include hanging in our fridge for a set amount of time (2 weeks for beef, 3 days for pork) We then charge $1/lb carcass weight for processing into steaks, roasts, ground, etc. All products are vacuum sealed, in high quality clear plastic freezer bags. We can also make Bacon, Sausage or Jerky for additional fees. *** Do not bring live animals to our facility!! We can only slaughter at your property!***
I am a Hunter, can you Process my Wild Game?
Of Course, if you have the necessary tag/ treaty number. We charge $1.10 per pound on the rail, and that includes cutting and wrapping and delivery if applicable.
Bacon, Sausage and Jerky are Extra.
What is in the Monthly Meat Box?
An example of a 20lb meat for a Family sized Meat Box would be something like:
3lb ground beef
2 chicken breasts
a salmon fillet
a rack of pork back ribs
a package of sausage
a t-bone steak
2 sirloin steaks
4 pork chops
a Kolbassa garlic sausage ring
a package of black forest ham
a package of roast beef
a package of chicken thighs or drumsticks
and a beef or pork roast.
contents of packages change all the time, but this should give you a good idea of what to expect.
Keep in mind that you can contact us and customize your MeatBox package to suit your needs, we are more than happy to accommodate you :)
You are free to get as many or few deliveries as you want, you do not have to be subscribed monthly. You are able to cancel at any time just by contacting us via phone, text, email, or Facebook.
Are there other ways to try your meat?
Yes, we supply several stores in the Edmonton area, you can buy our products from them.
Legal SuperMart @ 4743 50 Ave, Legal
Wheelers Esso @ the corner of Highway 2 & Highway 651, near Legal
Gibbons Foodtown @ 4921 50 Ave, Gibbons
Ravine Convenience and Cigar @ 9531 76 Ave NW, Edmonton
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