Processing

Welcome to Southern Cuts Processing! We are a USDA federally-inspected facility offering processing for beef. We offer the choice of having your product processed under inspection or custom exempt for home use. We are excited we have the opportunity to package on your behalf and we want to make this process as smooth as possible.

A few things to be aware of:

  • You must have a scheduled appointment to deliver cattle.

  • Cattle can be delivered between 7:30 and 9:30am, unless told otherwise. Check in at the front prior to unloading.

  • YOU MUST HAVE A COMPLETED CUT SHEET PRIOR TO UNLOADING.

  • Cattle must be able to walk off the trailer.

  • We also need to know if an animal is over the age of 30 months because it requires special handling.

  • If the whole carcass weighs less than 500lbs, you will be charged a min hang weight of 500lbs.

  • Carcass will hang for 14 days.

  • You will be called when your product is ready for pickup.

  • You must pick up your product within 10 business days of being called or you will be charged for everyday past the 10 days.

  • We prefer cash or check, but cards are accepted for an additional 2.85% fee.

Ready to get started? Please call Leanne at 706-436-7683 or email southerncutsprocessing@gmail.com  to request an appointment and for pricing and fees. 

 

Rick Hopper is a cattleman who has followed in his dad and grandad's footsteps of farming. Born and raised in Pitts, Rick started farming before he graduated high school. He started with a small herd of cattle, grew watermelons, and alongside his father started growing their hay business. He also received his welding degree. Now, he has Black & Red Angus cattle herds along with feeding out steers and helping with the hay crop. He is excited to add a meat processing facility to the list of things that keep him busy and hopes it will be a great attribute to Pitts and the surrounding areas. Rick recently married Leanne, formerly of Hartwell, Ga, who is also excited to join this joint venture. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2019 and Masters of Agribusiness in 2020. She works for the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts as a Regional Program Manager for Southwest Ga and will be helping to oversee the administrative and bookkeeping aspects. In their free time, Rick and Leanne enjoy traveling the country (hauling cattle) and riding their horses. They reside in Pitts with their dog, Remi.