How we arrive at the price
We sell beef primarily by the side catering to families who want to guarantee themselves a year round supply of freezer beef. We also sell by the quarter if there are two friends or family members want to “split” the side. Our butcher accepts one set of cutting instruction per side, so if a side is being split the partners must agree of the instructions.
Pricing is based on what’s known as the Hot Hanging Weight (HHW) which is the weight of the carcass after the head, insides, hide, and feet have been removed. Our price per pound is based on the HHW.
In addition to the price based on the carcass weight (what we receive) there is also the Inspection, Slaughter and Cut and Wrap fees which are approximately $1.35 per pound based on the HHW. We are being charged a little extra to split a side. Specialty processing such as sausages and jerky is extra.
Because your price is based on the carcass weight of the animal, we will not be able give you an exact total price until the animals are harvested. Generally our sides weigh between 290 and 350 lbs hanging, average about 325 lbs.
The most frequently asked question we receive is: How much packaged beef can we expect?
Sixty to 65% of the HHW goes into your freezer as packaged meat. The rest is bone and trim that is removed in processing. We use 62% of the HHW to calculate the packaged price per pound and to estimate how much beef you are putting in your freezer.
Pricing Information and Out of Town Delivery Options
For 2023, our selling price is $4.80/lb hot hanging weight (HHW) for a half or split half and the slaughter/cut and wrap fee is $1.35/lb of HHW for a side and $1.40 for a split-side. These prices assumes the customer is picking up their beef from our butcher.
The following guidelines are based on a 1150 lb live animal. The actual price will vary depending on the size of the animal at the time of slaughter.
|Carcass Size||HHW||Prices||Abattoir||Cut/Wrap||Packaged Weight||Cost/lb in freezer||Cost w/ local pickup||Cost with LML* delivery||Cost with KTR** delivery|
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*delivery to Abbotsford and Surrey pick up points
**delivery to Kitimat, Terrace and Rupert
Please keep in mind that the average cost per pound of packaged meat includes steaks, roasts and ground beef. Although it looks like a lot of money, it is much less expensive than buying a comparable product by the piece or box.
Some organ meat such has heart, kidney, liver and oxtail, is usually available but not guaranteed. There will be a small additional charge for organ meat to cover butcher processing costs.
Delivery – we make one or two trips to the lower mainland and towns along Highways 16, 97 and 1. in October, depending on demand. There is an additional charge of 27 cents/lb based on the hanging weight. For a 300 lb side, delivery would be $81. For a split side it would be $40.50. In November we make one delivery trip to Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert with an additional charge of 11 cents/lb or $33 for a 300 lb side or $16.50 for a split side.
Pricing as of Jan 1/2023