Meat Processing Costs and Frequently Asked Questions
How much beef do you get from a cow?
The average highland steer weighs 900 pounds. The hanging weight will be about 60-65% of the live weight or about 540-585lbs. After aging and butchering, you should get about 55% or 297-322lbs of packaged beef. The exact amount will vary depending on the cuts you choose.
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 Meat Processing cost?
Beef prices for 2023 are $5.65 per lb of hanging weight for a whole beef. That means that a 1/4 beef that weighs 74-80lbs will cost $418-$452. What you come home with is a variety of cuts.
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.
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, some of the sample cuts, you could get are the following:
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 2lb packages
steaks are 1/2"-1" thick and are packaged 2 steaks per pack
A full 900 lb Steer sample cuts (depending on the butcher) can be
140 lbs- Ground Beef
25 lbs-Short Plate " Stew, Fajita, Shikabob"
20 lbs-Beef Shank "Osso Bucco"
20 lbs- Ribs
Optional - Heart, Tongue, Ox Tail, Soup/Dog Bones, Liver, and Kidney
We only sell 100% Quality Highland Beef
A $200 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is required to reserve your portion for 1/4 beef
A $500 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.