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15 May, 2014 - By Mick Jensen - The benevolence of a Staveley farmer and the goodwill of others along the processing line has netted $4000 worth of beef for the needy in the district.
The farmer, who wants to remain anonymous, donated two cattle beasts.
Ashburton Meat Processors killed the beasts without charge and local butcher Mike Hanson and his team at Netherby Meats cut the beasts down into meat-pack portions.
Mike Hanson said the farmer had been very generous and had told him that ``you never know when it might be you on the receiving end of a similar good gesture''.
After the abattoir had done its bit, his butchery team had put in some extra hours to carve, cut, tray and bag the meat, said Mr Hanson.
The retail value of the meat would be in the region of $4000, he said.
Roasts, steak, mince, sausages and other beef cuts will find their way into freezers at the Community Foodbank run by Salvation Army .
Judith Lilley from the foodbank said the donation was very much appreciated, especially with winter on the way.
Food donations were always needed and hearty meat products would go down very well with the needy in the community.


Mike Hanson in his chiller with some of the donated meat.



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