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Being a butcher for all seasons

Small, independent businesses are often the first to suffer in a recession.

And some reports now suggest that traditional butchers are closing at a rate of 23 per month during 2009.

By contrast, there has been an upsurge in classes devoted to the traditional skills associated with butchery such as plucking and skinning animals.

That probably isn’t one for the squeamish but check out what other unusual courses and class are suddenly sprouting up around your patch.