It could be a matter of first in, best dressed for Border butchers due to a scaling back of Victorian meat processing.
Albury and Wodonga traders are unsure how buying will be impacted, with a 33 per cent reduction in output for abattoirs across the state for the next six weeks announced by the Victorian government on Monday.
Butcher on Rise has two stores in Wodonga and another at Thurgoona and co-owner Kane Mathieson said there's already been some signs meat will be harder to come by.
The business sources all of its stock from Victorian abattoirs.
"We spread ourselves across quite a few abattoirs to keep on the good side of all of them, so we can source it from other locations," Mr Mathieson said.
"Chicken this week has been the hardest one.
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"Hazeldenes has been affected and had to cease production and they're the ones we generally buy chicken from.
"We predominantly get a lot of meat from Benalla, Wangaratta and Kyneton, so we should still be able to source it, it's just going to be harder.
"It's probably going to be a week or so before it really takes a toll."
Wade Thompson, owner of Lavington's Meat Talk, introduced limits on customer purchases when the first phase of lockdowns were announced in March and would be willing to do the same if meat becomes scarce.
"If it came to it again you'd have to restrict and look after your regular customers," Mr Thompson said.
"If it means we have to source meat out of NSW, we'll do that.
"I've got an uncle who is in the meat industry up in Sydney and I'm sure he'll help me out if I needed it."
Locky's Countryside Meats owner Locky Altmeier believes he will have a clearer outlook of the effects on his store in central Albury by next week.