It is a long way from being a meat processor to a meat cutter.
But that is exactly what electric meat-grinders can do for farmers, processors and suppliers.
The world’s largest maker of meat grinders has just unveiled a £300,000 project aimed at revolutionising the way farmers grow, sell and market meat.
The company, which is based in the UK, said it had taken the decision to build a meat grinter specifically for the farmers market.
It has already invested £1m in a £1.5m factory in Wales and a further £1million in a factory in Romania.
The new machines are being made by a joint venture between GmbH and Panasonic, the Japanese technology company.
It will work on the same equipment as traditional grinder but will produce the meat on its own and take over a larger part of the job, as well as reducing the cost of making it.
The machines can be used to make 1kg (2.6lb) of raw material for a single kilogram of meat, with the potential to make 10kg (16lb) or more.
The first machines will be used for beef, lamb and pork but the technology could eventually be used in dairy products as well.
“We will build the industry around this new technology,” said John Laidlaw, CEO of Panasonic’s Meat Products Group.
“The next step is to apply it to other crops.”
The idea of using electric meat grinding machines to cut meat is not new.
However, the first machines were made in the US and China.
They are expensive and have a limited lifespan, making them unsuitable for use in large-scale production.
The BBC Food Programme has found that electric grinder costs about £3,000 to build and only two machines have been built in the United States.
The cost of the new machines is set to be covered by the Government’s new Food for All programme.
The Government has pledged to spend £30m a year on food security by 2020.
“This new factory is going to provide the UK with an opportunity to take advantage of a growing demand for meat from the world’s biggest meat producers and to take this important step towards meeting that ambition,” Mr Laidaw said.
The electric meat maker is now building a second factory in the eastern European country of Poland.
It is expected to be ready for export in the next year or so.
The UK’s National Farmers Union said that it would also be using the new factory to build the first production lines for meat products.
The food industry is facing a serious shortage of meat because of the cost, but many farmers are now turning to electric grinders to cut costs.
A new type of meat processor is also being developed by the British company, Precision Food.
The machine uses a liquid to form a matrix of meat pellets and it can produce up to 60kg of meat a day.
Mr Laidaws company, Green Meat Technologies, has already completed an initial trial and is looking to expand into other markets.
“These machines will make meat for our farmers cheaper, safer and more nutritious, and we are now developing a series of new machines for the meat industry,” Mr Furlong said.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for the industry, for the UK and for farmers.”