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 customers to “split” the side. We encourage customers to “cow pool” with friends or family and order by the side, or even whole.
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 $1.10 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 320 lbs hanging.
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.
For 2020, our selling price is $4.25/lb hot hanging weight (HHW) for a half or split half and the slaughter/cut and wrap fee is $1.15/lb of HHW for a side and $1.20 for a split-side.
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.
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Please keep in mind that the average cost per pound of packaged meat includes steaks, roasts and ground beef.
Organ meat such has heart, kidney, liver and oxtail, is an additional $4 lb and is usually available. For customers ordering a whole animal, there is no charge for the organ meat.
Pricing as of Jan 30/2020