Buying Meat From UC Davis Meat Laboratory?
Animal Science laboratories at universities tend to have negative connotations, as far as animal testing for things like cosmetics or pharmaceuticals, but did you know you UC Davis has a Meat Laboratory where you can buy meat?
While looking randomly reading about steaks at local restaurants, I came across the topic of cooking your own, then the topic of where to buy. The recommendation to buy meat from a UC Davis lab intrigued me, so here’s what I found… The Department of Animal Science’s Meat Laboratory Cole Facility Building “C” is open to customers Thursday and Friday from 1:00 to 5:30pm.
The UC Davis Meat Lab is a federally inspected meat processing plant located on the UC Davis campus in the Harold Cole Facility for the Study of Biology of Large Animals. The Meat Lab is part of the Department of Animal Science and is used for teaching and research activities. It is a 5000-square-foot facility containing a multi-species kill floor, carcass coolers, processing room, cutting room, analytical lab, classroom, and freezers.
Prices range from $3.00 per pound for ground beef to $13.50 per pound for Filet Mignon. Beef isn’t the only thing available at the Meat Lab – you can also find Lamb (loin chops are $10.75/lb), Pork (ribs are around $5/lb), Sausage, other specialty items and seasonal orders like turkey. When visiting keep in mind that cash and checks are they only forms of payment accepted.
For more information, visit the UC Davis Meat Laboratory web site, or call (530) 752-7410