Frequently Asked Questions When Ordering Bulk Meat
The pricing for beef is as follows:
Front Quarter: 2.90/lb
Half or Whole: 3.00/lb
Hind Quarter: 3.10/lb
There is also a $0.55/lb processing fee that is due to the butcher. All of these prices are based on the hanging weight of the animal.
The butcher also charges a ‘butcher fee’ that covers their labor in butchering the animal and discarding of the hide, etc. This fee is $50.00 per head or $25.00 for a half and $12.50 for a quarter.
Roughly a half will weight about 250 lbs hanging weight and a quarter will be about 125 pounds. So, here is a rough estimate of what a half of beef would cost.
250 lbs x $2.90 = $725.00
250 lbs x $0.55 = $137.50
Of course this will vary with what the actual weight of the animal is. There is an additional fee for making hamburger patties, cubed steak, and rolled rump roast. The hamburger patties are $0.50/lb, cubed steak is $0.50/lb and rolled rump roasts are $0.50/roast.
As far as how many cuts you will get will also vary on the size of the animal. Below is an estimate on a 250 pound half.
Chuck Roast: 12 packages at 2lb/package
Swiss Steak (Arm Roast): 6 packages at 2 lb/package
Ribeye Steak: 12-15 steaks at ¾ in. thickness. Or 2 Standing Rib Roasts
Short Ribs: 5 packages with 2/package
Skirt Steak (Fajitas): 2 packages
Hamburger: 25-30 pounds
Boiling Beef: 3 packages of 2/package
T-Bone: 20 steaks
Sirloin Steak: 8 large slices and a couple of small slices (1 large slice is 2-3 servings)
Round Steak: 12 pounds
Cubed Steak: 8 pounds
Rump Roast: 6 packages at 2lb/package
Sirloin Tip Roast: 8 pounds (this comes off of the top of the round steak area. If you choose the tip roast subtract 8 pounds from the round steak total)
Flank Steak: 1
Hamburger: 25-30 pounds
Boiling Beef: 3 packages at 2/package
*Also, the filet mignon, or tenderloin, comes off of the hind quarter. It is not listed here as our butcher automatically cuts it out of every animal. So, if you order a half or a hind quarter it will automatically come.
This is also pertinent if you are interested in a quarter; just ignore the quantities from the other quarter.
You can customize your order to fit your needs. We mostly sell one pound packages of hamburger, but if you use 2 pounds at a time just specify 2 pounds per package and they will do that. Also, don’t feel obligated to take every cut of meat offered. If you don’t care for a certain cut they will just put that into the hamburger.
A quarter of beef will take up between 3-4 cubic feet of freezer space and about double that for a half.