Nathan is fresh face at butchers
NATHAN Wall grew up on a cattle farm at Halfway Creek.
His first job when he left South High was at the South Grafton abattoir; his second was as an apprentice butcher at Holiday Coast Meats.
Now, aged 22, Nathan is the new owner of the South Services Butchery and he plans on using all his industry experience to bring about big changes.
The biggest change will be sourcing the bulk of the shop's meat locally at the Grafton Saleyards.
"It will work out a fair bit cheaper," he said.
Nathan said he would explore abattoir options, including the use of his first employer, for killing but he already had contacts in a Casino abattoir which he could use.
Another big shift for the business, he said, would be private kills whereby farmers can have their cattle butchered for $1 per kilogram once the carcass reached the shop.
Nathan said he could arrange transport of the beast to and from Casino, including the kill, for a very reasonable price.
Nathan, who still lives at Halfway Creek, now with his girlfriend Vanessa and their four-month-old baby Bronte, said he was looking forward to the challenge of business and had been thinking about running a shop for several years.
He employs his "second or third cousin" Craig Pigg and said his first three weeks in the shop had been promising.
Supplying South Grafton Ex-Services Club with meat was part of the sale contract and Nathan said it was very important to business.
Other changes on the books include the introduction of a number of flavoured sausages and further supply and delivery of meat to restaurants and cafes.
The sale of the business included the freehold of the premises, Nathan said, including a three-bedroom apartment upstairs which was already rented out.