About Braun Custom Meat Processors

We are a Farmer Owned & Gov’t Certified Abattoir
and Member of BC Association of Abattoirs.


Jim & Catherine Gowans, Owners of Braun Custom Meat Processors
Humane pig butchery at Braun Meat Processors
Vintage farm tools at Braun Meat Processors
Jim & Catherine Gowans, Owners of Braun Custom Meat Processors

Jim & Catherine Gowans

Jim and Catherine Gowans are lifelong farmers who operate their home farm, Omnivore Acres in Central Saanich. Many folks know their farm shop, where they market custom pork, lamb, chicken and eggs from their pastures.

They are also known for their weaner piglet sales every spring. Jim is a livestock nutritionist (UofA) and Catherine a retired Registered Nurse (UVic) See our farm website for more about Jim and Catherine: omnivoreacres.com

Having used the Braun abattoir for many years, Jim and Catherine decided to buy the business in January 2018 when former owners retired. Small crafting abattoirs on Vancouver Island have their origins in the family farm where local animals were processed for local farmers. Jim and Catherine feel the abattoir is a vital community asset.

Since purchasing the abattoir Jim and Catherine have invested in new equipment, technology and staff to ensure our community is well positioned for the future.

In August 2019 Braun Custom Meat Processors completed additional upgrades to develop a fully licensed cutting room.

Over the years the market for local meat has steadily increased along with the number of year-round livestock producers requiring processing services.

COVID 19 has certainly highlighted issues in the meat processing chain on Vancouver Island.

Our Team

Brad Lester, Manager of Inventory & Customer Service

Brad joined our team in April 2020 and is well known for his work in the community as an expert abattoir butcher. Brad’s organizational abilities and problem-solving skills are much appreciated by customers and coworkers.

Nicholas Johanson, Lead Slaughterman

Nicholas has been with us since the beginning and brings skill and sound judgment to the job and is especially careful and caring for animals under his management during the transition to food.

Other Team Members

You may also have the pleasure of speaking with our bookkeeper Lydia Byram or our meat wrapper Susan Toth. We are grateful for all who work with and for us, whether regularly or seasonal/peak times.