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Butcher - Wholesale

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€18k > 32 
Butcher, Wholesale
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 32 
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Data Source(s):
FAS

Last Updated: March, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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A shortage of butchers/de-boners has been reported in the National Skills Bulletin 2015. Demand for butchers/de-boners has been driven by the strong performance of the meat processing industry. Approximately 30% of all employed butchers, fishmongers and related trades were non-Irish nationals.

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At a Glance... header image

The wholesale butcher works with beef, lamb and pork and prepares it for sale to retail butchers, restaurants, hotels and caterers.


The Work header image

The Wholesale Butcher bones, cuts and packs meat for sale to retail butchers, catering butchers, restaurants and hotels as well as to overseas customers.  
 
Meat is cut from a carcass into various quantities and sizes and then carefully stored in boxes and refrigerated until sold. The curing of meat (bacon and corned beef) would also be part of the daily duties. The cuts of meat are vacuum packed, labelled and prepared for dispatch to retail meat shops. There can also be some further preparation of the wholesale cuts into pre-packed, consumer ready items. The Butcher is responsible for cleaning tools and working areas at the end of the day.  
 
The Butcher works under the very strict legal requirements of:

  • Food Hygiene and Safety Legislation
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Consumer Information
  • Sale of Goods and Supply of Services
  • Labelling legislation
  • Origin and Traceability
 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Wrap, weigh, label and price cuts of meat.

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Prepare and place meat cuts and products in display counter, so they will appear attractive and catch the shopper's eye.

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Prepare special cuts of meat ordered by customers.

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Cut, trim, bone, tie, and grind meats, such as beef, pork, poultry, and fish, to prepare meat in cooking form.

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Receive, inspect, and store meat upon delivery, to ensure meat quality.

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Shape, lace, and tie roasts, using boning knife, skewer, and twine.

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Estimate requirements and order or requisition meat supplies to maintain inventories.

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Supervise other butchers or meat cutters.

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Record quantity of meat received and issued to cooks or keep records of meat sales.

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Negotiate with representatives from supply companies to determine order details.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Food Production:  Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Sales and Marketing:  Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Those wishing to enter this trade must fulfil the requirements of the Food Hygiene Regulations regarding diseases. A butcher must maintain a high standard of personal hygiene. This is a legal requirement.  
 
As a butcher, you need to be physically fit to cope with long periods of standing and have the ability to lift heavy weights. A steady hand and common sense are needed for handling cutting equipment. A good temperament is essential so that work will be carried out safely.  
 
Good communication skills and detailed product knowledge are also essential.


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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 0200
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland (ACBI)
  Address: Dundrum Road, Dublin 14
  Tel: (01) 296 1400
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  Address: Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 607 2000 Lo Call 1890 200 510
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Irish Meat Association (IMA)
  Address: 11 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 661 0422
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

 

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