Retail Meat Store

Retail Meat Store

The Olds College Retail Meat Store sells products created by the students of our renowned Meat Processing Certificate program. The program is the only one of its kind in North America, and one of only two in the world that teaches the entire process - from slaughter, to cutting and processing products, to retail, including customer service, merchandising and marketing through the Meat Retail Store.

We have three intakes of our 15 week program every year, and expert staff on hand to ensure that the store is open year round, providing locally raised meat and value added products that are delicious and affordable. Shopping at the Olds College Retail Meat Store ensures that you are getting fine, top quality, locally grown food, produced by expert staff and students.

As a social enterprise, the Olds College Retail Meat Store is driven to create enough profit to fund our Meat Processing Certificate program. The money you spend at the Meat Retail Store goes to support Olds College students, and the future of the meat industry.


Products and Services

We would like to invite you to come by and see one of the largest selections of fresh meat cuts in central Alberta.

  • Beef: Raised on the Olds College farm, we sell beef that is raised humanely. Stop by to check out our varieties of steaks, roasts, and ground beef.

  • Lamb: Available seasonally, and with growing demand, our lamb cuts come from the Olds College Farm.
  • Chicken: Fresh, locally raised chickens from the Valley View Colony of Torrington, Alberta, we carry whole chickens and traditional cuts, ready to cook.

  • Pork: All Olds College pork comes from lean pigs raised by Brokeman Farms of Olds, Alberta. Our counter has all of the traditional pork cuts that you will find in any butcher shop, including chops, roast, ribs, bacon, ham and side pork.

Fresh Meat Fridays

Operated by our Merchandising and Marketing students, Fresh Meat Fridays includes a full service counter and expert advice from our students and staff. Stock available for Fresh Meat Fridays varies, but will include a variety of the top cuts, prepared ready to hit your grill or oven.


Value Added Products

Value Added Products are key to an emerging business, and it is important that our students understand how to create products that will help them to increase profits for their business after they graduate. Our Retail Meat Store staff trains our students to create a wide variety of value added products, including:

  • Sausages, multiple varieties
  • Sandwich Meats
  • Jerky
  • Pepperoni Sticks
  • Prepared meals such as pulled pork, marinated roast beef and meat pies.

Where to find us

The Retail Meat store is located in the Animal Sciences Centre on the Olds College Campus. 

National Meat Training Centre, 4500 50 St Olds AB T4H 1R6

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Map of where the meat store is located on campus
Supporting the Mountain View Food Bank

The Olds College Retail Meat Store is a proud supporter of the Mountain View Food Bank. The two organizations work together to address the growing need of food for Mountain View County residents who find themselves in need.

The Food Bank seeks out the donation of cull cows, destined for butchering, and the students and staff of the Meat Processing Certificate program processes the beef. Processing the meat comes with supplementary costs of approximately $150 per animal, which covers the cost of wrapping and Government-mandated labeling. As such, the Food Bank is also seeking cash donations to help cover these costs.

Tax receipts for donations based on the market value of the donated animal will be provided by the Food Bank to donors.

For more information, or to donate to the Mountain View Food Bank call 403.556.1693.