$750 is the deposit for half a cow, $375 for a quarter cow,
*not the total cost for half or a quarter of a cow.
This is the most affordable way to purchase our premium pasture raised, grass and hay fed, grain finished beef.
With your live animal purchase, we arrange the slaughter of the animal to be done at a USDA licensed facility in Ohio from our farm in Georgetown, OH.
Your meat will be hung and dry-aged for 10-14 days to allow natural enzymes to tenderize and enhance the flavor. Our butchers will then call you and provide you with options for meat cuts (quantity of steaks, hamburger etc.). Your meat will then be custom cut and vacuumed sealed to your order.
Once your meat is chilled, it is ready for you to pick up in Georgetown,OH. We can’t ship whole/half cow orders via UPS. Must be picked up. Delivery arrangements can be made on a case by case basis.
We process our animals when they have gained adequate weight and are fat enough. Weight gain and fat gain can be affected by climate and the amount of green grass available. During longer hot seasons, the cattle do not eat as much and gain less. This can extend the amount of time to get your cow ready. We DO NOT and will NOT rush the weight gain of our herd as we find this make the meat tougher.
We harvest our animals at 16 to 20 months of age, when they weigh 1000-1100 pounds.
What will it cost, and how much meat will I get?
The cost ends up being a little bit less than $7 per pound of finished beef, and each half yields approximately 300 pounds of finished beef. Every animal is different, so these prices will vary based on the weight.
There are three different costs to calculate and couple of different ways to look at it:
As an example, buying half of a 1,200-pound cow would cost:
$1,500 to the rancher for the live animal
$90 for the slaughter fee
$450 to the butcher for the aging, cutting, vacuum sealing and freezing
$2,040 total for approximately 300 pounds of finished beef, or $6.80 per pound.
What exactly do I get from a half cow?
The breakdown is approximately:
How much freezer space will I need?
The general rule is 28 pounds of meat per cubic foot of freezer space. We recommend you invest in a 14 cubic foot freezer for a half-cow purchase.Your meat will stay fresh for more than a year.
What’s the next step?
A deposit of $750 for a half cow // $325 for quarter cow. The remaining balance of the live animal purchase, slaughter, aging, cutting, wrapping, and freezing is due when you pick up your meat.
***1/4 COW PURCHASES ARE FOR HIND QUARTERS ONLY***