2018-05-17 / Local & State

Eaders Butchering Teaches FFA Art Of Butchering


From left: John Eader, Kelly Eader, Kim Eader, Harlee Souders, Billie Joe Peck, Laykan Skiles, Dayten Gress, Drew Hoffman, Dwayne Myers, Zach Hess and Justin Ulsh. From left: John Eader, Kelly Eader, Kim Eader, Harlee Souders, Billie Joe Peck, Laykan Skiles, Dayten Gress, Drew Hoffman, Dwayne Myers, Zach Hess and Justin Ulsh. John Eader of Eader’s Butcher Shop invited McConnellsburg FFA to his facility near Needmore last week to give the students experience in processing animals for meat. The students observed beef and lamb being slaughtered and processed two pigs donated to the chapter by Eader’s.

Kim Eader, made all the arrangements including getting approval from their USDA inspectors and having cut-proof gloves on hand for the students to wear while processing the pork.

Upon arrival each student was issued a white coat, hair net and beard net if needed. Since all the students had experience butchering with their families, they enjoyed spending time talking to the USDA inspectors and veterinarian on site about how butchering facilities ensure food safety when processing animals for resale.

Following a morning observing the slaughter of several beef and lambs, the students processed two hogs into chops, roasts and sausage. They then packaged the pork for friends and family who had placed orders from the FFA and assisted in the curing of hams and bacon that will be available in a few weeks.

The walls of the butcher shop are covered with plaques and pictures of how the Eader family support youths in community and the day was another example. “We were excited to have the opportunity to have McConnellsburg FFA visit and learn how we butcher,” stated Kim Eader.

“We hope that we can continue to do this in the future.” “We really appreciated the generous donation and time Eader’s spent with us,” stated McConnellsburg FFA secretary Harlee Souders. “It was a great day.”

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