When you buy a quarter, half or whole section of an animal, you will pay $3.85/lb hanging weight (this includes dry aging and processing).
What is Hanging Weight?
Good question. Hanging weight is the weight of the animal before it is processed into steaks, ground beef, roasts, etc. This will be more than what you actually take home with you. When the animal is processed, fat, bone, and other waste is taken off to make the various cuts of beef. Therefore, when the meat is packaged and boxed, it will weigh less than it did when it was hanging.
For example, a quarter that is 200lbs in hanging weight will be approximately 120lbs in take-home weight, when you pick up your beef. You can maximize your take-home weight by ordering soup bones or dog bones, for example - items
that are normally discarded.
You might be thinking that you are actually paying more per pound than $3.85, and in a sense you are right. You pay $3.85/lb hanging weight (this does not include the cut and wrap fee) but the cost per pound of take-home beef is more. The price per pound of take-home weight does vary depending on the animal, the amount of waste, and what you get, but it is anywhere from $5.50/lb to $6.00/lb take-home weight. This is an average price of all the cuts you get so you are paying that for everything from ground beef and stew meat to the premium ribeye steak.
The Ordering Process
Below you can fill out a form to indicate the quantity (Whole, Half, or Quarter) and the cuts you'd like to receive.
We will send the animal to the butcher once the whole animal is spoken for.
We send our meats to Joe's Meat Market in Ontario, NY or Caver Meats Curing & Smoking in Clyde, NY.
Once the butcher receives the animal, the hanging, packaging, and freezing process takes about 3 weeks.
Once your beef is packaged and ready we will let you know when you can pick it up from the butcher.