Many people are contemplating the purchase of bulk beef and other meats for home freezers. Beef can be purchased as a live animal or as a dressed beef carcass. Buying beef in quantity may be the way to save money while getting a higher quality product. It depends upon your situation if it will be a good choice for you. When buying beef in bulk many questions will arise so this article should help you in your decision process.
Basically there are 3 ways to buy meat:
- As a whole carcass, or a side (including both hind or forequarters).
- As a wholesale cut, such as a loin, round, chuck, or rib.
- As a retail cut.
The following questions may help you decide which way is the best for your situation.
Is It Wise to Buy Bulk Beef to be Cut, Packaged and Quick Frozen for Freezer Storage?
Consider these factors:
- The cuts of meat you serve most often
- The amount of freezer storage space available
- How much your family consumes in a certain period of time
- The availability for cutting, packaging and quick freezing the meat
What is the Advantage of Buying in Quantity Rather than Day-to-Day or Week-to-Week Basis?
After considering the amount of money available to invest in one kind of meat, factor in the total cost and the amount saved by buying a large quantity of beef, then weigh in the fact that you are supporting local farms and ranches while often times getting a better quality product. Because you are buying from a known farm or ranch you may also have the opportunity to see how the animals are raised, their living conditions, the way they are processed, all of which gives you a better understanding of the quality of the end product for you and your family.
How Many Pounds of Meat will Fit in my Freezer?
A good rule of thumb is one cubic foot of freezer space for each 35-40 pounds of cut and wrapped meat. Allow slightly more space when the meat is packaged in odd shapes such as for a Standing Rib Roast.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both chest and upright styles of freezers. You should consider all factors when making your freezer purchase so that you buy the best food storage option for your needs. We’ll discuss these in detail in a future blog article but the one thing that is most important to the topic for today is that a chest freezer will keep your beef purchase free from freezer burn better than an upright.
How many Pounds of Meat are there in a Carcass, a Side, a Quarter, or a Wholesale Beef?
An average beef carcass weighs about 600 pounds. Since our beef are allowed to mature in order to develop healthy internal and external Omega 3s and 6s, they are larger at the time of processing, usually between 850 – 1,000 lbs hanging weight.
Our whole Beef is sold at special bulk pricing of $5.40/lb carcass hanging weight and are pre-sold with a 50% non-refundable deposit. (Hanging carcass weight is with head, hide and entrails removed.) Our pricing includes cut and wrap by a USDA local butcher.
The yield, or final weight will be roughly 60-65% of the hanging weight. The final balance due will be determined after the animals have been processed. Our hanging weights for a whole beef is typically 850 – 1000 lbs. Why is this important for you to understand? Because the final price you pay depends entirely on the size of the animal and it’s hanging weight. For example:
$5.40 x 850 lbs = $4,590.00 (yields 553 +/- lbs of finished cuts; 16 cubic foot of freezer space needed.)
$5.40 x 1000 lbs = $5,400.00 (yields 650 +/- lbs of finished cuts; 19 cubic foot of freezer space needed.)
It can also be positive for everyone involved if you go in with another family and share a whole or half of beef. You’ll get the best pricing and can determine what cuts are best suited for each family while supporting a local rancher and getting top quality beef.
Pricing for our Oregon Grass Fed, Grass Finished Beef
(Includes Cut & Wrap by local USDA Butcher)
- Whole Beef – $5.40 per pound hanging weight
- Half Beef – $5.50 per pound hanging weight
- Quarter Beef – $5.70 per pound hanging weight
- Eighth Beef – $5.90 per pound hanging weight
- Individual Cuts are available at our Farm Stand or call us for availability of specific cuts and delivery options
(See Bottom of This Article for Individual Cuts and Pricing.)
We will call you before the beef is ready for pickup at our farm, with a pickup date and a balance due based upon the animal’s hanging weight. All balances are due in full at time of pickup. Pickup times and dates are firm as we do not have enough freezer space to store anyone’s beef for lengthy periods of time.
Delivery is available. Most of Central Oregon $50 delivery fee, Portland and surrounding areas $100.
About Our Grass Fed, Grass Finished Beef
It’s amazing what grass, fresh water and sunshine can do for one’s meal of choice. If you are a carnivore, these three elements are crucial. But, as you will see, it goes much further for bringing that next meal from farm to table. When the one who is preparing the meal is committed to the quality of all our lives, respect for our Earth and the true sustainability of our food supply, you’ll find that this makes all the difference.
Cottonwood Corners, our longtime hay ranch in Central Oregon, is the perfect setting and environment for cultivating this commitment. It’s also a place where you’ll find that we’re raising up some of the best grass-fed, grass-finished beef one can find.
What Does Grass-fed, Grass-finished Mean?
Grass-fed, Grass-finished means the animal has reached physical maturity and was kept on grass while developing exterior and intramuscular healthy fat. No grain is ever fed to grass finished animals and this process will typically take from 29 to 36 months. This is the largest factor why true grass finished beef will cost more than feedlot beef or lower quality grass fed beef.
What Does Lower Quality Grass-fed Beef Mean?
Lower quality Grass-fed beef means beef that has grazed on a diet of grass (its natural feed) but is sent to a feed lot for “finishing” on an un-natural grain diet which usually includes GMO corn along with the stresses, confinement and unhealthy living environment that go along with that. It is also done in a shorter amount of time meaning the animal is processed between 18 – 20 months of age, limiting its quality and quantity of internal and external healthy fat.
What Is The Benefit Of Raising Animals On Pasture?
A major benefit of raising animals on pasture is that they are healthier for you as well as having a better life and health for them. For example, compared with feedlot meat, meat from grass-fed, grass-finished beef, bison, lamb and goats has less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. It also has more vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and several health-promoting fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLAs).
- Humanely raised and Processed
- USDA Certified and Supervised Butchering
- High in Omega 3 fatty acids
- High in cancer-fighting Conjugated Linoleic acid (CLA)
- Lower in cholesterol and saturated fat than grain-fed beef
Additionally, we flash graze our cattle so they enjoy a new “salad bar” once or twice a day. Our ground is going through organic and biodynamic certifications so there’s no toxins used anywhere on the farm.
- No Antibiotics
Did you know it’s estimated that approximately 70 percent of all antibiotics used in the United States are used in livestock? Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ranchers give animals antibiotics, which kills off or suppresses susceptible bacteria, but allows antibiotic-resistant bacteria to thrive. Those resistant bacteria may be transmitted to people through their food supply. Furthermore, the CDC states that “wide use of antibiotics in food-producing animals contributes to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food-producing animals.”
- No Hormones
Growth hormones are given to animals, such as cattle, to make them gain weight faster, thus producing meat products for consumers at a faster rate. However, according to livestrong.com, while most dairy and meat industries depend on the use of growth hormones for increased productivity and profit, these hormones may hold negative health repercussions for humans.
- No Vaccines
According to vaccine inserts, vaccines contain aluminum, polyethylene glyco, benzethonium chloride, formaldehyde and mercury along with a multitude of other toxins therefore we do not use vaccines in our animals because those heavy metals and toxins would be passed onto you when consuming the end product.
A Commitment To Healthy Living
So, as you can see, it really-does come down to grass, fresh water and sunshine and all of this truly does make up the perfect setting and environment for Organic Earthly Delights to fulfill our ongoing commitment to supporting you in achieving and maintaining your health. Organic Earthly Delights commitment reflects our concern for your health, the quality of all of our lives, respect for our Earth and the true sustainability of our food supply.
Call Christina to place an order (503)229-3869 or complete the Contact Form below.
Pricing for Individual Cuts:
Beef Bones (No Meat) – $7.50/lb
Beef Soup Bones (Meat On) – $7.75/lb
Bottom Round Roast – $8.00/lb
Bottom Round Steak – $9.00/lb
Brisket – $11.00/lb
Chuck Roast – $10.00/lb
Chuck Steak – $12.00/lb
Cube Steak – $12.00/lb
Ground Beef – $8.00/lb
Heart – $7.00/lb
Liver – $7.00/lb
New York Steak – $16.00/lb
Oxtail – $8.00/lb
Rib Roast – $17.00/lb
Rib Steak – $14.00/lb
Rump Roast – $12.00/lb
Short Ribs – $8.00/lb
Sirloin Tip Roast – $14.00/lb
Sirloin Tip Steak – $14.00/lb
Stew Meat – $9.00/lb
Tenderloin Steak – $26.00/lb
Tongue – $8.00/lb
Top Round Steak – $8.00/lb
Top Sirloin Steak – $10.00/lb
Tri Tip – $15.00/lb