Crowdbutching is similar to the idea of crowdfunding – but instead of a group of people participating in one company, they participate in one animal. The principle: customers buy different parts of an animal, for example a cow or a pig. The shares are offered in the form of packages of several kilograms, containing pieces of meat such as steaks, minced meat, roast beef, sausages, stew meat or cut meat. Only after all parts of the animal are sold is it slaughtered.
Consumers receive the meat vacuum-packed in pre-packed portions that can be shared with friends and family or even frozen. The good thing is that no meat is produced that cannot be sold later. So nothing is thrown away. The whole animal, nose-to-tail, is utilised. Parts that cannot be eaten are ideally processed elsewhere; offal is used to make animal feed and bones are used to make glue.