Meat Processing Costs and Frequently Asked Questions
How much beef do you get from a cow?
The average highland steer will yield about a 500 lb hanging weight carcass. After aging and butchering, you should get about 275 to 320 lbs of packaged beef. The exact amount will vary depending on how you choose to have it processed.
How much freezer space will I need for a quarter beef?
You will need 4 or 5 cubic feet of space to properly store a 1/4 beef.
What is the cost?
Beef prices for 2018 are $3.50 per lb of hanging weight for a whole beef. Price for a 1/2 beef is $3.75, and a 1/4 beef is $4.00. That means that a 1/4 beef that weighs 125 lbs on the rail will cost $500. What you come home with is a variety of cuts that weigh around 70 – 80 lbs.
So that means your net cost for the beef is around $6.25 per pound. Compare our prices to grocery store prices for factory-farmed beef and you will be pleasantly surprised. Not only are you getting AGED PREMIUM HIGHLAND GRASSFED BEEF, you are getting it at a very reasonable cost.
HOW MUCH DOES THE PROCESSING COST?
We have our beef processed at Light Hill Meats who will still age beef the right way and for the proper time. Our standard process is to allow the beef to hang for 21 days. The aging process is crucial to a tender and full-flavored cut of beef.
The processing charge is 1.00 / lb of hanging weight. For a 1/4 beef that weighs 125, that amounts to around $125.00. We will pick up your order and you can pick up at the farm or we will deliver to you for a small fee.
Per pound charges are set. Your actual cost will vary based upon the weight of the animal.
Can you guide me through the process of what to get?
If you choose a 1/4 beef, the cuts are as listed below. However, if you choose to purchase a 1/2 or whole beef, we would be happy to go over the cut sheet with you to insure you get exactly what you want.
For a 1/4 beef, you get the following cuts
Boneless Chuck Roast
Sirloin Tip Roast
Rolled Rump Roast
Bottom Round Roast
Soup Bones if requested
Dog Bones if requested
Organ meat if requested
ground beef is packaged in 1-2lb packages
steaks are 1/2" thick and are packaged 2 steaks per pack
A full 800 lb Steer sample cuts can be
90 lbs- Chuck "Roasts"
44 lbs-Rib and Ground Beef
65 lbs-Loin "Steaks"
40 lbs-Short Plate " Stew and short ribs"
70 lbs-Round "Roasts, Tip, Ground Beef"
10 lbs-Flank "Ground Beef"
We only sell 100% Quality Highland Beef
A $150 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is required to reserve your portion for 1/4 beef
A $250 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is required for 1/2 or whole beef.
For customers ordering a half or whole beef, We will email a cutting sheet to get your specific instructions for processing. You can print this page fill it out and email it back to us. If you run into questions, please give us a call and we will be glad to assist you.