One of Alpine’s best kept secrets can be found on the campus of Sul Ross State University – the Sul Ross Meat Lab and Retail Store, located in the Turner Range Animal Science Center.
Here, consumers can purchase a wide range of meats at prices comparable to those in local stores.
Todd Sharron, manager of the meat lab and a 1996 Sul Ross alumnus, explained the process. “Most of our business is done through private treaty, what we call custom exempt, meaning a customer brings us an animal they own, and we harvest the animal and break it down to their specifications. If you do the math, it comes out cheaper,” he said. “You can buy, say, a quarter of a beef, and you’ll get these kinds of cuts, it’s going to be this many pounds. It will last your family this long, and you can go back and say, ‘Hey, I saved $500 on meat this year by purchasing in bulk.’”