Waitomo News : NKC Farmer 11 March 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3 07 878 5026 Steve M 021 775 921 Brent M 027 212 0038 44 Waitete Rd, Te Kuiti McIndoe Group Motorcycles are now the NEW AGENTS for SUZUKI Motorcycles in the King Country SALES – SERVICING & ON-FARM SERVICING We would like to welcome Adam Saunders to our team. Adam is a qualified motorcycle mechanic, specialising in Suzukis. CALL US TODAY! Phone 07 878 5026 Steve M 021 775 921 Brent M 027 212 0038 44 Waitete Rd, Te Kuiti FROM P2 “But looking back on how much I sold them for ($3.50 per kg) I feel like a bit of a mug because I was in Waihi recently and a butcher there was sell- ing his for $12.50.” At the end of his career Jeff moved into home kills – travelling to farms, killing, skinning, cutting, loading carcasses into a truck and bringing them back to base to be chilled. There the meat stayed for a week- 10 days before it was processed (steak, mince, sausages etc) and custom pack- aged for the client and delivered. Eventually though, the financial and physical costs took their toll and Jeff decided to retire from the butch- ery business. Although sad to see the family business end, he says he wouldn’t It’s the end of an era change a thing. “I didn’t make a lot of money out of it, but I love it here and I love the people. “The best thing about this job was meeting so many different people and the many friendships made along the way. PROUD LEGACY “I’m also very proud of our family legacy in Piopio because three generations and 110 years in the butchery business will be very hard to top.” In 2003, Jeff hosted a 100-year Andrews Butch- ers Reunion at the Piopio War Memorial Hall where family and guests were given a tour of the family’s farm, abattoir and butcher’s shop. Passionate about his trade, Jeff says butcheries are a dying business these days thanks to “pirate” home kill operators, meat works and supermar- kets. “There’s no way your local butcher can compete with supermarket prices so most are turning to the meat works for employment. “Although there’s still the odd butchery around (one in Otorohanga and one in Te Awamutu), they’re not in small towns anymore because it’s all done by home kill. “The pay isn’t great and the work is hard but I have no regrets at all. “In fact I loved it.” Jeff and his wife Shirley, who still live in Piopio, sold their 27 acre Mangaotaki Rd farm in January and plan to spend time fishing in Waihi and travel- ling around the country. LASTING LEGACY: Les Andrews (pictured) and his broth- ers George and Hugh ran Andrews Butchery in Piopio from 1945-1970, continuing a family legacy started by their father Horatio Andrews, in 1903. PHOTO SUPPLIED CUT ABOVE: Piopio butcher Jeff Andrews hung up his apron in December after plying his trade for more than 45 years.
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