Homekill services

The Butcher’s Block and Smokehouse now offers a homekill slaughter service, which is good news for those don’t want to or simply don’t have time to slaughter their own farm animals.Ewe-and-lamb

We have put a custom-built, mobile slaughtering unit on the road with our director Bruce Scott doing all the killing and preparation of the animals before taking them into The Butcher’s Block and Smokehouse to be prepared into the meat cuts and smallgoods of your choice. With more than 20 years of slaughtering experience, Bruce is the best guy to keep your animals calm to ensure the best possible quality meat. And then, his 30 years of experience as a butcher with a focus on looking after the needs of homekill and hunting customers – and the knowledge he’s passed onto Jeff and our team – is what really sets The Butcher’s Block and Smokehouse apart.

We service the wider Central Lakes region – from west Wanaka and Cardrona through to Hawea, Luggate, Tarras and Cromwell, as well as over to Makarora and even Haast.

To make a booking for us to do your homekill, phone us on 443 5017 or email shop@butchersblockwanaka.co.nz to advise how many and what animals and your preferred date. We will group bookings together by area, so will liaise with you regarding an exact date and time for your booking. Depending on time of the year, we are often booked four weeks in advance.

The Butcher’s Block and Smokehouse homekill slaughter service offers:

  • Humane on-farm slaughtering cattle, sheep, pigs and deer by an experienced slaughter-man
  • A purpose-built, fully-enclosed trailer with rails, electric winches and electric hide-puller to handle carcasses safely and hygienically for transportation to the shop for processing
  • Scalding of pig carcasses if required (extra-large pigs will be skinned)
  • A detailed slaughter docket left with you to confirm the number and condition of the animals. Beef will be weighed to confirm carcass weight
  • Please note all offal and hides (except beef hides) remain on the property for disposal/burial.
The Butcher’s Block and Smokehouse homekill slaughter service pricing

Please note:

  1.  A minimum fee of $80 per property applies regardless of the number of animals being slaughtered.
  2. Travel charges will apply for bookings further than 25km from Wanaka, but can be reduced depending on the number of animals. For example, a booking in Haast requires around 5-7 beef or 30 sheep to avoid travel charges. Bookings can be combined with neighbours for maximum economy.
Slaughter fee per animal
Beef cattle $150
Lambs and ewes $25
Rams $30
Pigs (small/medium) $50 (skinned or scalded)
Pigs (large) $80 (skinned only)
Deer (Fallow) $40
Deer (Red) $50
Stags $80
Mercy kills

Mercy kills are also available 24/7 for a fee of $80 (animal slaughter only). If it’s to be skinned, gutted and transported to The Butcher’s Block and Smokehouse for processing, then the above charges apply. Please note a minimum fee of $250 per cattle beast applies.