For a ¼ of a cow you would need approximately 5-8 cubic feet of freezer space.
The average cow will weigh about 1200lbs live weight. This will produce about 530lbs of usable processed meat. The exact amount will depend on the cuts that you choose when you have it processed.
We charge $5.05-$5.25/lb DRESSED HANGING WEIGHT plus processing fees which are paid directly to the processor. On average, your final cost will be about $10.00-$14.00/pound. Compare to buying a Rib-Eye steak at a grocery store for $11.99 on sale and that’s a factory farmed steak! Please remember that it depends on the final size of the steer and how you have it cut.
The processing charge will vary – but expect to pay 80¢/pound hanging weight. An example is: hanging weight for 1/2 = 335 lbs x 80¢/pound = $268 processing plus the kill fee of $30 so a total of $298 for processing so your total cost would be $298 for processing + ($5.15/pound x 335lbs = $1725.25) for an overall total for 1/2 a steer $2123.25. This, of course, will vary depending on the cuts requested but it does give you an idea of what 1/2 a steer will cost. (Figure a little over 1/2 of that amount would be for ~1/4 of a steer).
Of course! Starting in 2009 we changed things up a little. If you order 1/4 of a steer, the cuts are pre-determined. If you are ordering 1/2 or whole, you will go over the cut sheet with us so we can make sure you get what you would like. We can help guide you to decide which cuts are best for you and your family.
Pricing is based on DRESSED hanging weight.
You are also responsible for the processing fees payable to the processing facility on top of the above pricing. These prices are starting in January 2017 and are subject to change without notice.
A $50.00 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is required to reserve your portion for 1/4 steer.
A $100 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is required for 1/2 or whole steer.
Price Per Pound
What can you expect on a half of beef? Of course this is just a guideline and factors will influence final product. You will loose around 45% of your hot weight due to bone, fat, and dehydration from the aging process.
This is just an example of HOW 1/2 steer can be processed. We allow each purchaser to have the steer processed the way they would like it as they are all custom done.
Your 1/4 Can Include Any of These Cuts. The amount and the type of cuts will depend on the actual steer and the season.
If you choose a CHOICE A 1/4 (Bone-In Option) – you will receive Bone-In Sirloin Steaks, Porterhouse Steaks, and T-Bone Steaks
If you choose a CHOICE B 1/4 (Boneless Option) – you will receive Boneless Sirloin Steaks, NY Strip Steaks, and Filet
Dog Bones/Marrow Bones and Organs are optional at pick up if they are available.