New owners of custom meat shop to host grand opening

Owners of the new Powder River Meat Company Tamara and Travis Choat
and partner Tanner Carpenter will host an open house Friday, May 31 from
noon to 5 p.m. Also pictured is the Choat’s 11-month old daughter Karity.

  Powder River Meat Company, the newest business in Terry, Mont., will officially open its doors on Friday, May 31, with a grand opening “Meat & Greet” event from noon-5 p.m. The custom meat processing shop is located in the building formerly occupied by Forcella’s Custom Meats. Owners Travis and Tamara Choat and partner Tanner Carpenter purchased the business in early May, and are reopening with plans to continue custom livestock and wild game processing, as well as add a retail meat counter and offer specialty meat products and custom orders. 

“We are looking forward to contributing to the thriving, small business community of Terry and the surrounding region,” said Travis Choat, who will serve as general manager of the business. 
The three pillars of Powder River Meat Company are science – utilizing food safety technology and academic research to provide wholesome products; service – working with customers to meet their needs through customized care, and satisfaction – providing exemplary products and results to earn repeat customers. 
Carpenter, who is from Kiowa, Colo., will work fulltime as operations manager, managing day-to-day operations, process and cut all meat, and design improvements in mechanisms and food safety operations. Carpenter has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Colorado State University, where he also completed coursework and research for a master’s degree in meat science. He managed the CSU Meat Lab for four years, and then ran several private retail meat shops and custom processing plants in Colorado. 
Travis Choat is originally from Enid, Okla., and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in meat science from Colorado State University. He has worked for the Montana Beef Network implementing animal ID systems, for Smithfield Beef Group as food safety manager of commercial beef packing plants, and as technical services director of Elanco Animal Health managing a team of nutritionists and veterinarians. Travis plans to assist with operations at the meat shop as needed.
Tamara Choat is a native of Eastern Montana, and holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications/animal science and a master’s degree in international agriculture from Oklahoma State University. She worked in marketing and communications for the Montana Stockgrowers Association, Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, National FFA Foundation and the National Swine Registry. Tamara will oversee promotion and customer service for the business. 
Powder River Meat Company is currently scheduling livestock harvest, as well as filling custom meat orders for special events. Store hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. 
The store is located at 109 Logan Ave., in Terry. For more information, visit, or call 406.635.5559.
Published May 29, 2013
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