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    Thanks for all of the suggestions! I skinned and quartered my deer myself and will be making the jerky on my own. I need hamburger, sausage and snack sticks made. Is Lengacher Meats reasonably priced? About what is their turn around time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 243rem700 View Post
    Thanks for all of the suggestions! I skinned and quartered my deer myself and will be making the jerky on my own. I need hamburger, sausage and snack sticks made. Is Lengacher Meats reasonably priced? About what is their turn around time?
    Despite what others may have said, I still recomend Manleys. If you are still on the fence about them, you are welcome to come down and try some of the summer sausage/snack sticks I have. Their summer sausage is $3.50/chub or $6/stick 10# min., snack sticks are $3.50/lb 10# min., hamburger is $1/lb with beef or pork fat and pattied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sp3worker View Post
    Despite what others may have said, I still recomend Manleys. If you are still on the fence about them, you are welcome to come down and try some of the summer sausage/snack sticks I have. Their summer sausage is $3.50/chub or $6/stick 10# min., snack sticks are $3.50/lb 10# min., hamburger is $1/lb with beef or pork fat and pattied.
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    take it manley meats their summer sausage is top notch ! if you are in doubt go in and ask for a sample of their beef summer sausage and i beleive you will be hooked also!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike4sigs View Post
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    take it manley meats their summer sausage is top notch ! if you are in doubt go in and ask for a sample of their beef summer sausage and i beleive you will be hooked also!
    I'll be sure to sneak a small cooler with some into the Ft. Wayne gunshow for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sp3worker View Post
    They get my business every year. You should have skinned and quartered it yourself, that's what cost you the most. You could have saved $100 right there. I took in 85 pounds of meat from my antelopes (11 quarters) and had it made into 15 sticks of summer sausage, 10# of snack sticks, 5 # of jerkey and 25# of hamburger w/beef fat in patties. It cost me around $225. I challenge anyone to come up with better summer sausage than Manleys.
    I was 13 years old, it was my first deer ever, and I had never even seen an animal butchered, let alone helped or done it myself, so I had no idea where to even start and I had no idea that it would be that outrageous. I do agree, however, that their summer sausage is the best I've ever had, I still get summer sausage made there, but I wouldn't call that "deer processing". I do all the cutting myself, and just take the scraps in for them to grind and make summer sausage.

    BTW, I'm not bashing Manley's processing, they're really the best, and the best don't come cheap. I'm sure they see a minimum of 1-2,000 deer a year (wild guess) for processing, so they have to charge higher to keep their workload manageable. But I just wanted to send out a warning to not take it there expecting it to be decent processing for cheap; what you'll get is great processing for half of your inheritance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CountryBoy19 View Post
    I was 13 years old, it was my first deer ever, and I had never even seen an animal butchered, let alone helped or done it myself, so I had no idea where to even start and I had no idea that it would be that outrageous. I do agree, however, that their summer sausage is the best I've ever had, I still get summer sausage made there, but I wouldn't call that "deer processing". I do all the cutting myself, and just take the scraps in for them to grind and make summer sausage.

    BTW, I'm not bashing Manley's processing, they're really the best, and the best don't come cheap. I'm sure they see a minimum of 1-2,000 deer a year (wild guess) for processing, so they have to charge higher to keep their workload manageable. But I just wanted to send out a warning to not take it there expecting it to be decent processing for cheap; what you'll get is great processing for half of your inheritance.
    I hope you didn't think I was trying to attack you for anything, if I came off that way sorry. They do have rather high prices to skin and bone out a deer, that I will agree on. I can kinda see why they charge so much to do it, they had to build a seperate facility to do the deer in, hire and train people just to do deer, dispose of all the carcasses and get a massive workload for 3-4 months. I'll bet they see every bit of 2000 deer a year, people come from all over to get their deer done at Manleys.

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    If you get one PM me first, I can walk you through butchering it yourself. As long as I dont have appts scheduled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sp3worker View Post
    I hope you didn't think I was trying to attack you for anything, if I came off that way sorry. They do have rather high prices to skin and bone out a deer, that I will agree on. I can kinda see why they charge so much to do it, they had to build a seperate facility to do the deer in, hire and train people just to do deer, dispose of all the carcasses and get a massive workload for 3-4 months. I'll bet they see every bit of 2000 deer a year, people come from all over to get their deer done at Manleys.
    No, not at all. I just wanted to explain why I had done it the way I did. I was young and dumb; didn't know how to skin and bone myself. To be honest, I'm pretty sure I still remember the one thing that upset me the most. They charged $2.50/lb to slice "jerky meat". Not make jerky, just slice the meat for me to make my own jerky. I can go buy pork for less than half that much and slice it myself by hand and still be ahead. All it takes to slice meat is to drop it on a meat slicer and slice away. I know that there are other expenses involved etc., but it certainly doesn't cost them $2.50/lb to run meat through a slicer. But maybe I'm wrong. My 2000 estimate was being conservative, at first I put 2-4,000 but then thought I'd rather be safe and say at least 1-2,000 ("at least" means you can always go higher but can't go lower ).

    Anyways, I just do all the slicing myself now, including slicing jerky meat. I got a big chunk of nylon cutting board material from Harris Material in Berne, and I used my uncles wood-shop to make a slicing jig for jerky. You just lay the chunk of meat on the board, get a good, sharp knife and run it right along the guide rail, and you get a perfect, uniform slice of meat. I live for jerky, and I have to be honest, this thing works nearly as good as a meat slicer once you figure out how to use it.

    Now I just have to get a deer so I can use it again. I went out again this morning. I figured they'd be moving after the rain quit overnight, but didn't see a thing. On my way out, I "stalked" up to a clump of trees that I thought may be harboring some deer, but there were none. There were fresh tracks all over the place, looks like deer were chasing one another all over in that area, but I guess they moved out of the area before I arrived because I never heard anything and never saw them when the sun came up.


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    WOW!!! We have a place here D&R Market who also charges extra to skin and bone out the animals. I can take it to a couple other places for $65 and have it cut, packed, wrapped and ready within a few days. D&R charges about $125 for the same thing and you get MUCH LESS meat from your deer.

    A few years ago I got 2 deer during archery season when it was quite warm and I had no way of getting the deer cut up before it would spoil so I took it to them. It was a buck that dressed out at about 150 pounds and a doe that dressed out at about 100 pounds. When I got my meat back they handed me a single banana box with about 30 to 40 pounds of meat in it.....that was all...and when I protested they said that was all there was and handed me a bill for $220 for the processing of the 2 deer.

    Being me... I refused to pay for it and tore open each package and dumped the meat on the floor one package at a time....if I wasn't getting it they weren't either. It was actually quite easy since they had packaged it on those cute little styrofoam trays like in their display case and NOT frozen it. Like that wouldn't get freezer burn!!! What a bunch of idiots.

    That was when I decided to learn to do it for myself. I bought a gently used modular 10x12x8ft. walk-in cooler with the whole evaporator and condensor for $800 from a guy near Louisville and bought a decent power meat grinder for $200 and have been saving money ever since. The wife, kids and I can process a good size deer in a couple hours for a few bucks in plastic wrap and freezer paper. And we get the kind of meat we want, cut the way we want it. An $800 expense is just 7 deer processing fees and it has paid for itself in savings...more if you have sausage or other stuff made. We make our own summer sausage, bratwurst, pepperoni sticks....just try different recipes and get one you like!!!
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    Definitely to Lengachers...I have taken mine in there for years and have always had top notch service and pretty good turn around. Dave will generally tell you pretty close to what day it will be done. Also very reasonably priced. Always uses your own meat unless you want it mixed with pork for filler. I don't know about Manleys but Lengacher would be hard to beat.

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