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2017-02-15 / Front Page

Tiberio Custom Meats to Open Branch in Walton

By Abby Butler

WALTON - Adam Tiberio, owner of Tiberio Custom Meats, gave a presentation on Feb. 13 to the Walton town council and the assembled audience on his proposal to bring a slaughterhouse to Walton. Tiberio envisions the business as an agricultural service that will act as a middle-man between upstate farmers and New York City markets. “I’m not here to play favorites,” he said. “I’m here to be impartial and provide service on a first-come, firstserved basis.”

Tiberio has extensive experience in the meat markets in New York City, where he has worked for the majority of his career. Capitalizing on the rising popularity of regionally grown meat, Tiberio hopes to give upstate farmers the benefit of his experience and downstate markets the benefit of high-quality upstate products.

The idea is for farmers to bring their animals to Tiberio to be butchered and then shipped to meat markets in the city, under the farmer’s own label. Tiberio already has a site in the city where additional meat-processing will be done.

Given Tiberio’s experience and knowledge of the business, he will be able to address buyer’s needs within the necessary time period – something that the average farmer in upstate New York does not have the logistical capability of doing. “It takes being in New York City to respond to the buyer,” Tiberio explained. “Often chefs want a quantity of a certain cut and they want it in three hours.”

In the same vein, Tiberio is looking to develop a brand around boxed beef. In other words, gathering ten tenderloins from five farmers and selling it as a package. “Usually, individual farmers don’t have that kind of quantity, so aggregating multiple producers benefits the farmers,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how small you are, I want to work with you.”

Once the operation is fully up and running, approximately 70 cows, 50 lambs, 50 goats and 30 pigs will be processed each week. The facility in Walton will be doing the initial processing and then the meat will be shipped to Tiberio’s New York City facility twice a week, where it will be processed further and sold.

No animals will be held outside, at the facility. All animals will be off-loaded into a 25x8- square foot soundproof barn, where they will be held for no more than 24 hours, after which time they will be processed through the facility. All waste will be held inside and removed twice a week.

Tiberio explained that as much as possible of the animal is used. Part of the benefit of finishing the processing in New York City is the brisk market for bones and blood. “People flood the meat-packing district to buy different parts of the animal,” he said. “There is nothing left when they’re done.”

The slaughterhouse, which will be located in the Walton Industrial Park, will consist of multiple, extremely high-tech, refrigerated modular units. A barn will also be built on the site. Tiberio has been in contact with the surrounding businesses and there have been no complaints. The site and plans have already been approved by the Walton Planning Board.

Lonny Schaefer, president of the Delaware County Farm Bureau, expressed support for Tiberio’s enterprise. “This is a no-brainer for the Farm Bureau to support,” he said. “This is a nice opportunity for the region.”

Tiberio hopes to have the facility operational by the summer of 2018 and at full capacity by the summer of the following year. Initially, approximately five people will be hired but, as production expands, an additional five positions will open up. Tiberio indicated that experienced butchers will be making upwards of $20 an hour, while meat clerks will be paid about $17.

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