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Briards celebrate a decade in the meat business

The Briards, clockwise, Amanda, Montgomery, Mathias, Makenzie, Maverick and Whitman.

Amanda and Whitman Briard purchased Mills Locker Plant in 2000.

A remarkable leap at 18 and 19 years old.

Ten years later, they've seen their business as well as their family grow.

They have four children who they call "the M&Ms." Mathias, 9, Makenzie, 8, Maverick, 6 and Montgomery, 5. "They enjoy watching and working right along with us," Amanda said.

"We've had many employees throughout the years; making friends with many of them. By our side have been manager, Rodney Vandermay and 'Master Bacon Slicer' Bev Boutiette," Amanda said, "We have a motto of team work as it requires a lot of communication to have a successful business."

The Briards have become friends with many of their customers as well, too many to mention.

"It has taken all 10 of the years to learn the qualities needed to do what we do. Patience being one of the most important. We are still learning."

Their services include custom processing of beef, hog and sheep. They offer regular cuts as well as sausage.

They also process wild game like deer, bear, geese, duck and elk.

"Bring us in an opossum and we might find something yummy to make out of it," the Briards joke.

Stop in, say hi and check out the bacon, hamburger, steaks, ribs, jerky sticks and several varieties of brats in their retail display case.

Their hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Whitman, Amanda, the M&Ms, Mills Locker Plant staff and customers will mark the anniversary by hosting a BBQ, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by and celebrate.