When we take your order for a quarter/half or whole beef, we try to give you a date when it will go to the meat processor. When the steer goes to the processor we will call you to get your instructions for how you want your beef cut. The beef will then dry-age in a climate controlled cooler for 14-21 days before being cut. The reason it is dry aged, is that dry-aging helps tenderize the meat. Cutting, packaging and freezing takes another 2-3 days, so your order will be ready for pickup about two-three weeks after the date the animal went to the processor. We will call you with the total cost and you will pick up the meat at the processor, or we can deliver. We ask that you pay us for your beef before it is picked up or delivered.
If you ordered a quarter, what you will receive is commonly called a “split half.” Because, the cuts of meat in the front half differs dramatically from the back half, we evenly divide the cuts between the two to make it a fair offering. This will somewhat limit how you can have your beef cut, as it is a compromise with the other customer, who will be sharing the half. Again, this applies only to quarter orders. If you ordered a half or whole beef, you won’t have to split the cuts.
You have to understand that all of this is hanging weight. The hanging weight is the weight of the carcass, before it is processed into individual cuts. Your take home weight of meat will be about 25%-35% less depending on how you have the meat cut and the number of days the meat has been aged.
The cost is $4.00/lb a pound. Average weights: Quarter: 200-225 lbs *$4.00/lb = $800 - 900 for the meat, Half: -450-525 lbs x $4.00 = approximately $1800-$2100 for the meat, Whole: 900-1200 lbs x $4.00/lb = approximately $3600-4800 for the meat.
If you had rather pay for finished weight instead of hanging weight the cost would be $5.50. Finish weight can differ due to the cut you specify and the length of time it is aged.
We want to make sure our customers are thoroughly satisfied and feel they are getting what they pay for, therefore we are giving you the choice of paying for hanging weight or finished weight.
Remember to post on our Facebook page the way your have cooked your meat. Your name will be put in that months drawing. You will win the meat product that you posted on our page.
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If you have any questions please call Dennis at 903.640.3833