Animal Slaughterer


Animal Cutter


Minimum No entry barrier

Not required

The tasks a Shactor is expected to perform include:

Working in slaughtering, meat packing or wholesale establishments performing precision functions involving the preparation of meat

Slaughtering tasks, cutting standard or premium cuts of meat for marketing, making sausage or wrapping meats

Trimming the head meat and otherwise severing or removing parts of animalsheads or skulls

Wrapping the dressed carcasses and/or meat cuts

Trimming, cleaning and/or curing the animal hides

Removing the bone and cutting the meat into standard cuts to prepare the meat for marketing

Grinding the meat into sausage

Slaughtering the animals in accordance with religious law and determining that the carcasses meet specified religious standards when slaughtering is performed for religious purposes

Slitting open, eviscerating and trimming the carcasses of slaughtered animals

Cutting, trimming, skinning, sorting and washing the viscera of slaughtered animals to separate the edible portions from the offal

Washing and/or shaving the carcasses

Shackling the hind legs of animals to raise them for slaughtering or skinning

Skilled in maintaining hygiene around the workplace

Knowledge of the various religious laws for meat cutting

Knowledge of the cutting style of animal meat, according to the product to be made

Ability to ensure personal safety as well as employee safety

Manual dexterity

Physically strong

Not applicable



Attention to detail

Team player

It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option maybe available

Working hours
Companies usually work for 6/7 days a week and 10/12 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous as per The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

For freshers - INR 10,000 to INR 15,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

The Food Industry in India

According to IBEF, the Indian food industry is poised for huge growth, increasing its contribution to the world food trade every year. Accounting for about 32 per cent of the country?s total food market, the food processing industry is one of the largest industries in India and is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth. The Indian food and grocery market is the world?s sixth largest, with retail contributing 70 per cent of the sales. It is projected to grow at a rate of 104 per cent, touching US$ 482 billion by 2020. The Indian gourmet food market is currently valued at US$ 1.3 billion and is growing at a CAGR of 20 per cent. It is expected to cross US$ 2.8 billion by 2015.

The food industry in India is set to grow manifold in the coming years because of the demand for quality by consumers. The demand for quality meat is also increasing. This gives more career opportunities to workers related to the meat industry especially Shactors, who are an important part of the meat industry.


Meat processing plants



Cities and towns across India