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A butcher is a person who sells meat for consumption. They may slaughter animals, dress their flesh and then sell their meat directly to customers who include members of the public, caterers and restaurant employees .

They are required to prepare standard cuts of meat and poultry and they produce fresh and cooked meat products such as sausages, hams, pies, faggots, and black pudding. They may be employed by supermarkets, grocery stores, butcher shops or may be self-employed.

In the UK, the vast majority of meat is bought in a supermarket (an estimate suggested 70% of meat in the UK is sold in supermarkets) therefore if you are considering entering the butchery trade, there are many opportunities within supermarkets.

Butchers are required to handle sharp hand tools and machinery with care and have a professional approach to health and safety and hygiene. They should also be able to work with the public.

Salaries can range from around £16,000 to £36,000 a year. 

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