1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Meat Processor

Slaughters livestock in abattoirs and prepares carcasses for further processing.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:
  • operates restrainer and stunning equipment
  • severs jugular veins of stunned animals to drain blood and facilitate dressing
  • trims and removes head meat or severs animal heads
  • skins or shaves carcasses
  • slits open, eviscerates and trims animal carcasses
  • trims, sorts and washes viscera to prepare and separate edible portions for further processing
  • scribes, saws or splits carcasses into smaller portions for easier handling
  • cleans work areas
  • may slaughter livestock according to procedures required by religious customs

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