These final costs per lb prices include hamburger, roasts and steaks. This averages out to a much better value than buying equivalent local beef cuts in stores.
Our goal is to offer a local source of grass-fed beef to our community at an excellent value. Grass-fed beef takes a year longer to finish than grain-fed beef, which increases the cost for the producer.
We base our price on local grass-fed beef sold at stores and farmers markets. This year local grass-fed hamburger is being sold for around $8/lb.
The price we charge is based on the hanging weight of the animal. A quarter share of beef is $4.75/lb hanging weight, a half is $4.50/lb hanging weight and a whole animal is $4.25/lb hanging weight.
Each animal varies in size but an average finished steer weighs around 1200lbs. This equates to about 720lbs hanging weight.
About 35% of the hanging weight will be lost during the cut and wrap process, which will yield about 470lbs of meat for an average sized animal.
Please note that in order to provide an accurate price per pound, we've calculated in $100 per quarter share for the butcher's fees for cutting and wrapping. The customer will pay this directly to our local butcher, The Meating Place.
Please remember that every animal varies in size, we base our calculations on the average size. You are welcome to request our largest or smallest animal based on the amount of meat you'd like and we will try to accommodate.
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