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Cost of deer processing

by , Posted to on 02/03/2009 08:54 AM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/12/2003
Location: ND
Took two unskinned deer to a local processing week after the end of gun season.He's what it cost!
1.Deer processing cut and wrap-$187.50
2.54lbs of deer country stle sausage-$2.60lb=$140.40
3.37lbs of deer summer sausage-$2.75lb=101.75
Total=$429.65
This was the first time i've taken in whole deer to be process in several years.Is this the going price at most processing plants????
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by on 02/03/2009 08:58 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
That $187 sounds pretty high but I don't know what it normally costs.  Usually I think if people just get things ground up the skinning or processing costs around $70 bucks.

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by on 02/03/2009 09:00 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/24/2005
Location: ND
Food Saver- 100$
Enough bags for about 20 lbs of meat- 45$
Ground pork butt is ALWAYS on sale around deer season...

Get some cutting boards and some time together- IF a person has the space... you can easily make your own.

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by on 02/03/2009 09:05 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/12/2003
Location: ND
They did food save all the meat!
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by on 02/03/2009 09:07 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/12/2003
Location: ND
I know its cheaper doing it yourself!I was just wondering what other processing plants are chargeing???
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by on 02/03/2009 09:12 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/03/2004
Location: ND
Ouch, I dont know what other places charge, but that sure makes me glad I do my own.
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by on 02/03/2009 09:17 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/25/2007
Location: ND
did u get deer roasts, steaks, etc... w/ the "processing, cut and wrap"? if so, i'd say u were in the ball park of most places. i've priced them before. and to get a butcher to do everything from start to finish, it will cost u anywhere between $3-$4/lb depending on the finished product(s) u choose. if you got some steaks and roasts cut up and packaged, u probably got around 135 lbs of product back. which makes it about $3.20/lb for u. seems about right to me.

for comparison purposes tho... we mix our sausage about 60% deer w/ 40% pork and summer sausage at 80% deer and 20% beef and do it ourself for about $1.20/lb (which includes the price of the vacuum bags; but not the initial cost of the sealer or beer). turns out to be well worth it if u are pumping out 500 lbs of finished product. probably not quite so worth the time and effort if u are only making 100 lbs tho.
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by on 02/03/2009 09:18 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/11/2002
Location: ND
At least bone it out and clean it up yourself. All you need is a knife and some baggies. I de-boned the gf's deer on the tool box in the back of my pickup in the dark. Thought I did a mediocre job given the circumstances, but when I dropped it off at the meat shop, the owner complimented me on how good of a job I did. The less work they have to do, the less it will cost. He made that one into country style...I think it cost the gf about $150.

I say to hell with that pot o' gold.

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by on 02/03/2009 09:23 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/22/2002
Location: ND
Don't feel bad Murdock, it cost me 230.00 for 70 lbs of smoked jalapeno and cheese sausage. I brought in 35 lbs of boned out meat. They advertise 2.00 a lb , but, by the time it was done it was closer to 3.30 a lb.

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by on 02/03/2009 09:31 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
My trim is still in the freezer.  I'm taking that in tomorrow thanks to this thread because it reminded me I needed to get that done!

I'm not a sausage maker.  Too many other things to be doing.  Dani's family has quite the operation so I guess if I want to do it in the future I can.  But I think I'll just keep taking my to the processor and just partake in the "other" festivities with Dani's family!

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by on 02/03/2009 09:35 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/12/2003
Location: ND
Maybe i don't want to bone it out and clean it up myself!Iam not complaining about the price!I knew it was going to be high!It still cost you $150 for your deboned meat!I don't need to be told how to debone a deer or how to cut one up or make sausage,Been there done that!Just was asking if this processing price was in the ballpark of most processing plants!Hey Eyesonly any thing going on up north in any of the lakes??
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by on 02/03/2009 09:37 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/31/2005
Location: ND
took mine to Myers meats by Parshall
think I paid about half that for two deer hide on and 20lbs of sausage. I don;t remember exactly but it was around $210-$230.
got the rest in roasts, steaks, and ground.








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by on 02/03/2009 09:47 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/13/2003
Location: ND
murdoch,

One solution would be to shoot smaller deer. LOL!

We've always cut up our own. We made our own sausage this year too. Otherwise, sausage is ussually in that $2.50 a pound range.
 
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by on 02/03/2009 09:48 AM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/29/2009
Location: ND
Seems awfully expensive to me. I mean I like venison but for that price I'll eat beef any day. I take the tenderloins, backstraps, roasts, and steaks. Then grind the 20 pounds thats left with my $50 Cabellas grinder and wrap and freeze it all. Then mix the grind 50/50 with ground beef before cooking for burgers, chili, spaghetti, meatloaf or whatever. Pretty much free, much quicker, and not that tough if you got a couple sharp knives.
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by on 02/03/2009 09:58 AM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/15/2003
Location: ND
Seems pretty expensive. I took mine to a place in Bismarck.

Mine was as follows:

1 deer skinned and cut up and packaged $70
24lbs Country style sausage@ $2.00/lb $48
Had them save the tenderloins and backstraps. They ground the rest and packaged in 1lb packs.

Total price $118.00
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by on 02/03/2009 10:06 AM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/22/2002
Location: ND
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by on 02/03/2009 10:16 AM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/11/2002
Location: ND
Your initial post seemed to indicate some negativity towards the price. $429 for processing a deer seems extremely high. So if you're really concerned about getting a fair price for doing all the dirty work after the fun is over, then I suggest calling around your area for prices before you take it in. Also consider the distance traveled @ $0.52 per mile.

I for one thought $150 wasn't out of line for processing debone meat into sausage. I figure that guy has at least 3 manhours into it, 35lb of pork, vacuum packing, and some equiupment costs. Hell, being self employed, a guy should charge at least $40 per hour.

I say to hell with that pot o' gold.

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by on 02/03/2009 11:17 AM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/24/2003
Location: ND
3.37lbs of deer summer sausage-$2.75lb=101.75

SO, what am I missing about the math on this one?

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by on 02/03/2009 11:20 AM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/24/2003
Location: ND
and the one above it?!

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by on 02/03/2009 11:33 AM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/05/2007
Location: ND
hey buzzardbait
try reading it again he didn't put a space after he put the 1 2 and 3. He was just making a numbered list
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by on 02/03/2009 1:31 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/12/2007
Location: ND
My questions would be, are you happy with the finished product? Do they mix yours with others? Do they vaccum seal it? A friend brought two deer to a locker plant in the SE part of the state and had a bill for over $700!!!!!!!! Nuts!!! You might find one cheaper just make sure it's a value for what you get! I started doing my own about ten years ago and figure the sausage costs about approximately $1/lb when you figure in the pork,casings,vacuum bags, seasonings, etc.....Of course your time or equipment costs are not figured into that! But I know what I am eating and will put it up against anything out there!!!!!
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