Quarter Beef Purchasing Information
Quarter of a Grass-Fed Beef
$4.75 per hanging lb
We are currently taking deposits for Quarter Beeves to be delivered in approximately January thru March 2016.
Many customers are initially confused by the price that is quoted being based on the carcass hanging weight and not on the yield weight. We would expect your quarter to come from an animal that weighs in the neighborhood of 575-725 lbs. So your price would be the actual hanging carcass weight divided by 4 multiplied by $4.75 per lb. If your animal was 600 lbs even your price would be $712.50 plus tax. This size animal should yield you roughly 85 lbs of cuts of meat. Our animals typically yield (cuts you take home vs. hanging weight) between 55% to 60% of their carcass wt, with an average of 58%. Nearly all of the bone is removed from our beef-short ribs and soup bones are the only bone-in cuts you will receive.
Your quarter will be roughly half the meat that comes from an entire side of beef. All of the meat is divided into two piles that are as even as we can get them. You should expect to get roughly 20% of your meat as steaks (tenderloin, rib eyes, New York's, top sirloin, petite sirloin, flank, skirt, ranch and cube steaks). Another 20 ish percent will be roasts (sirloin tip, eye of round, chuck, brisket, London broil and tri-tip). Ground beef will make up around 50% of the meat you get, with the remainder being short ribs, meaty soup bones, steaks strips, stew and kabob cubes.
Our standard cutting instructions call for 1 inch thick steaks, packaged two per package. We ask for the roasts to be about 2 lbs each. The stew, steak strips, and kabob are in 1 lb packages. Our butcher makes 1 lb blocks of our 90% lean ground beef. He wraps each one in heavy plastic wrap and then wraps two of these in paper together. This allows him to save time and paper wrapping each one, but the user can take out just one or both packages of ground beef at a time.
We ask for a $100 deposit for a quarter beef, with the remainder due at the time of delivery.