Ag Days Beef Cutting Demonstration to be held at the Richland County Fair Event Center Instead of Reynolds Market
Reynolds Market will be holding a beef cutting demonstration as part of Ag Day on Friday, March 4th, at 11:00am at the Richland County Fair Event Center. This is the first year that Reynolds will be taking part in Ag Days, giving people a better understanding of the processing aspect of the beef industry.
“Farming and ranching are huge part of Eastern Montana and have been the backbone of our business,” said Department Manager Josh Reynolds.
Reynolds, who is the fourth generation to be involved with the business, explains that when Reynolds Market was originally founded in 1925, as with most grocery stores of the time, store owners purchased their beef directly from local producers and did all the butchering and processing at the store. Over the years F.T Reynolds and John T. Marman would open stores in Glendive, Sidney, Miles City, Circle, Richey, Terry, Beach, and Watford City. As times, so too has economy scale and cost-effectiveness and grocery stores no longer buy cattle directly from local ranchers and the work of a skilled butcher is much more behind-the-scenes.
Though Reynolds Market has done beef cutting demonstrations and tours of their department before for schools, the Boys and Girls Club, and 4H they were happy to help when they were contacted by Richland County Extension Agent Tim Fine.
Doug Hall will show how to get smaller specific cuts of beef from larger cuts, answer questions as he goes, and share interesting facts. For instance, a butter steak and a flat iron steak are the same steak cut differently from the shoulder cold. Hall owned his own meat processing business for twelve years and has worked in the Reynolds Meat Department for the last two and a half and is happy to give the twenty to thirty-minute demonstration.
For more information, contact Fine at 406-433-1206.