The Butcher’s Block and Smokehouse offers an on-farm 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.

Our custom-built, mobile slaughtering unit is operated by our director Adam Mulholland. With many years of hunting, Adam knows how to keep animals calm to ensure the best possible quality meat.

Our passion for quality meat is what really sets The Butcher’s Block and Smokehouse apart when it comes to looking after the specific needs of homekill and hunted game customers.

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 Haast.

Book our mobile homekill service by phoning (03) 443 5017 or emailing to advise how many and what animals and your preferred date. We 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
  • Skinning of pigs
  • 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/skins 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


Lambs and ewes




Pigs (small/medium)

$50 (skinned only)

Pigs (large)

$80 (skinned only)

Deer (Fallow)


Deer (Red)




Mercy kills

Mercy kills are not available through the busy Christmas-New Year period. Generally these are 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.