Want to be a Butcher? Processing Business is For Sale in Billings
Here's your chance to be your own butcher.
Many hunters dream of having a nice butchering facility at home. Sure, you can hang your freshly tagged deer or elk on a hook in the garage or over the kids' swingset. Neither of those is ideal, and the proper tools and butchering setup would make things so much easier.
Or maybe you'd like to get in on the rising popularity of Montanans buying whole or half cows from local ranchers by offering professional processing services to the community. Here's your chance with a turn-key operation in Billings.
1419 Old Hardin Road, Billings MT 59101
The listing includes everything you'd need to run a successful meat processing business, including tools, deep freezers, hoists, a smoker, and a drying/curing area. It's basically ready to go for a new owner to take over the business.
Room for a side business on the property.
Listed at $530,000 the property provides 2,100 square feet of retail space which has been largely used for taxidermy services, along with 2,100 square feet of commercial space. PLUS... there is a 3 bedroom loft upstairs.
Live on-site or rent out the living space.
The loft appears quite comfortable with plenty of light. With a full kitchen, you could slice up a prime rib in the butcher shop downstairs and cook it minutes later on the upper floor. Talk about fresh.
All equipment and client list are included.
The current owner says they're booked and busy "5 days a week" with minimal slow times throughout the seasons.
Huge covered deck.
One side of the business/loft has a large, covered, full-length deck that really adds usable space to the property. It's zoned Heavy Commerical and provides easy access to I-90 nearby.
Go to butcher school and open up shop.
I'm unsure what type of certifications or training is required to become a professional meat cutter or butcher. If you can't find a good apprenticeship program or mentor, it looks like Miles City Community College is now offering a meat processing certificate/degree. The school said,
For the past several years, MCC has been working to develop plans for a certificate that can offer a journeyman certificate in meat cutting.
As meat prices continue to climb, one can expect the demand for local processing options to grow.
The property hit the market on August 13th and when I reached out to listing agent Wayne Wilcox of Century 21 Hometown Brokers today (8/18) he said an offer is on the table, but the sellers would entertain qualified backup offers. Wilcox can be reached HERE.