Processing Information

Now you can submit your custom processing instructions to us online.  The links below are to online forms that ask all of the questions we'd ask if you called to give us cutting instructions for your custom processing. 

If you're just price checking, all of our custom processing rates are listed within the forms.  Simply view them without submitting them.  Or, complete and submit a form if you'd like us to source a harvest for you!  Click this link to launch a PDF copy of Our 2016 Processing Rate Card

Options and Fees for Processing BEEF

Options and Fees for Processing PORK

Options and Fees for Processing LAMB

Options and Fees for Processing GOAT

Options and Fees for Processing DEER

How long will it take for my processing order to be complete, ready for pick-up?

We aim to complete your custom processing order for:

  • Beef, within 30 days
  • Pork, within 30 days 
  • Lamb or Goat, within 14 days
  • Deer from Fall & Winter hunting, by March 1st of the new year.  De-boned, received after Jan. 20th, will have a 30 day turn around.  We don't accept deer trim between March 1st and October 1st.

From time to time processing may take longer .  Curing and smoking require more time for order completion.  We will advise you of the expected completion date upon receiving your order.

How is the meat packaged?

Our packages are double-wrapped in one layer of clear plastic and one layer of white butcher paper.  Each package is wrapped tightly to eliminate air pockets that could cause freezer burn and clearly labeled as to cut.  We can vacuum-seal your meat but don't advise it.  The vacuum process removes moisture from the meat.

How long will the frozen meat last in my freezer?

If you keep your freezer temperature at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit, then:

  • Beef - at least 15 months
  • Pork - at least 10 months
  • Lamb and Goat - at least 15 months
  • Poultry (whole) - at least 10 months
  • Deer - at least 15 months

How big of a freezer do I need?

A small seven cubic foot chest freezer will easily hold both a quarter beef and a half hog at the same time.

Ethical Treatment

The Story City Locker was designed by meat processing plant experts. Several Iowa Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and experts at the Iowa Meat & Poultry Inspection Bureau were consulted. And, taken into account during the design process were Dr. Temple Grandin's perspectives on humane slaughter procedures. 

We are proud to be on track with the Animal Welfare Approved Organization to becoming a recommended AWA meat processor.  We are currently AWA approved for Beef.

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