But most processors at least in my area, don’t have a meat counter.
That is what I’m seeing too Tex, the demand for slaughter of individual animals is up considerably as folks feel the need for food security. When I was young this was normal and every town and community had a slaughterhouse, but they all closed and now our nearest three are 40 miles away in opposite directions. They are so booked that it is a 6-9 month wait to get your animal in. My neighbor gets her pigs and books their slaughter date when I castrate them, so they do not get too big. The three I speak of, one added a meat counter, one had retail for decades, and the other one still does not have a retail counter.