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Why Buy In Bulk?
(Less than $8/pound versus average $14/pound for individual cuts)
This is the most affordable way to purchase our premium pasture raised, grass-fed, and grass finished beef.
With your live animal purchase, we arrange the slaughter or harvest of the animal on our Trabuco Ranch, transportation to a local family butcher for processing, and communicate with the butcher on your behalf. Your meat will be hung for 25 days of dry aging to allow natural enzymes to tenderize and enhance the flavor. Our local butcher 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 wrapped to your order. Once your meat is chilled, it is ready for you to pick up!
We sell our whole and half cows as a live animal purchase, which avoids the use of a USDA processing plant and is far less stressful for the animal.
We harvest our animals at 30 to 36 months when they weigh 1200 to 1400
The live weight is obviously the weight of the live animal.
The hanging weight is the weight after the animal is bleed and the hide and parts that are not eaten are removed. The hanging weight is 59-62% of the Live Weight.
The cut weight is the weight of the actual meat after it is dry aged for 28 days.
Cut weight is 14% less than the hanging weight due to water evaporation during aging, saw cuts, and removal of ligaments, tendons and gristle.
What will it cost for a half cow?
How much meat will I get?
Every animal is different but here is an example:
A 1200 pound animal will yield on average 600 pounds of meat.
The cost is $3/pound live weight and you pay for the butchering, ($90/half cow), and processing.
Processing cost is based on the hanging weight.
Processing is $1.25/pound of the hanging weight.
This pays the butcher for the dry aging, cutting and wrapping of your meat.
Half of a 1200-pound animal will cost approximately $2300 and yield around 300 pounds of meat. The price per pound is less than $8 compared to $14 per pound when purchased in an individual meat cut; individual steak, roast, or pack of ground beef.
What exactly am I getting from a half cow?
The breakdown is:
50% ground beef
-As well as your portion of bones and organ meats.
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 ½ cow purchase. Your meat will stay fresh for more than a year.
A deposit of $750 for ½ cow and $1500 for a whole animal.
The balance is due once the animal is butchered.