How We Price Our Pure Angus Grass Fed Beef
We understand the confusion customers face when wanting to purchase beef directly from the producer. Some producers may charge per pound by the live weight of the animal (on the hoof), others, more commonly, by the hanging (hot) weight of the carcass. The hanging weight refers to the weight of the carcass after the head, skin, tail, internal organs and lower legs have been removed. As the carcass hangs to age, natural enzymes act to tenderize the meat while some of the water in the meat evaporates. After aging, the carcass is cut, trimmed and fat and bones are removed. The meat is then wrapped and frozen. This is referred to as the processed or net weight of the beef.
A carcass may lose approximately 25% to 30% of its weight between the hanging stage and the final wrapped product. So, while the price per pound by hanging weight may appear less expensive than the price per pound by net weight, it’s not necessarily. The price of cutting and wrapping may not be included in the hanging weight’s price per pound either.
To make purchasing straight forward for our customers, our beef is priced on the net weight of the meat. You are charged per pound of meat that you will put into your freezer. It includes cutting, wrapping and freezing. We typically use the standard butcher wrap, but you may request the cryovac plastic packaging at an additional cost.
We use licensed, local, family-owned abattoirs. All the meat is government inspected.
Quantities and Price of Beef
Our beef is available by the side (half an animal), the quarter (half of a side) or a whole animal. The box below summarizes the approximate weight of each quantity. Please note that these are only estimates and that weights will vary based on individual animals.
*Mixed Quarter : 80-110 lbs, $9.30/lb
Side : 160-220 lbs, $9.15/lb
Whole : 320-450 lbs, $9.00/lb
*A mixed quarter includes cuts from both the front and hind quarters
**Organ meats (liver, tongue, heart) are available by request. They are not included as part of the beef order.
Required Freezer Space
Generally, 1 cubic foot of freezer space will hold approximately 25 lbs of beef. An 8 cubic foot freezer will hold approximately a side (about 200 lbs) of beef.
Some of our customers share the purchase of a whole or half beef with family or friends. It is more economical and the cuts can be divided according to individual preferences. Some young families will find they need more lean ground beef and fewer steaks and roasts. Others love the convenience of cooking roasts that will last for several meals.
How to Place an Order
Please fill out the order form. If you are ordering a whole or a side of beef, please fill out an order form and continue down to select your cutting preferences. If you are ordering a mixed quarter of beef, the cuts have been pre-selected.
Standard vs. Custom Cutting Instructions
You may choose the standard order which gives you the most popular cuts or you may choose to provide your custom cutting instructions.
- 2 steaks per package, cut 3/4″ thick
- Ground beef is lean
- Stewing and ground beef is in 1lb packages
- Roasts are 3-4 lbs
Deposit and Payment
We ask that you make a deposit when you place your order. The deposit is deducted from the balance due when your meat is ready for pick up/delivery. The deposit for a mixed quarter is $200, for a side is $300 and for a whole beef is $500. The deposit is non-refundable.
Raising grass fed beef to market weight takes longer than raising animals on grain. Because we are a small family farm, not a feedlot, we may not be able to immediately process an animal to fill your order. In that event, we would ask that you join the waiting list so that we may provide you with beef as soon as an animal is ready.
At certain times of the year, the abbatoirs become especially busy and there can be a wait time for producers to take their animals in. This is beyond our control but we will book an appointment as soon as you place an order and an animal is available.
We deliver your order free of charge within a 20-minute radius of Richmond.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn about our farm. If you have never eaten Pure Black Angus All Natural beef, we hope that you will try it. We know that once you experience the rich flavor and tenderness, you will never accept anything less.