A female apprentice butcher may be considered unusual, but not for Deniliquin's Northside Butchery.By Cass Savellis
For veteran butcher Niel Sawers, having a woman with a knife in hand is not that unusual at his Deniliquin shop.
New Northside Butchers apprentice, Brionie Munson (pictured), is the shop’s third female butcher and the second to be trained by Niel in his 20 years there.
The first apprentice, Jenny Goulding, was the first ‘butcherette’ apprentice in NSW, while the second, Helen Mullins, has now been at Northside Butchers for 15 years.
‘‘I feel that girls are much better in these apprenticeships,’’ Niel said.
‘‘There are many things that girls are better at .
‘‘I’ve trained five boys and two girls and would much rather girls .
His latest prodigy, 16 year-old Brionie, worked part-time at Northside for a year before signing on as an apprentice.
‘‘I actually wanted to be a vet,’’ she said.
‘‘But I was advised by a local vet to work at a butchers and learn about the anatomy of the animals .
Niel’s Northside shop is also famous for being one of only two drive-through butchers in Australia.
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