Custom 1/4, 1/2 or Whole Beef
$200.00 – $800.00 deposit
Ordering a custom 1/4, 1/2 or whole beef gives you the freedom to have your meat processed to your specifications, increases your family’s food security, and gives you a better price per pound by buying in bulk. Options include steak thickness, roast weight, quantity and weight per package, as well as having your meat made into summer sausage, brats, corned beef and burger patties. You would also get bones and organ meats. See below for more information.
Due to the seasonal nature of our grass growing season, the majority of our animals are harvested from early summer through late fall when our forage is actively growing. We recommend you place your order for the upcoming year in late winter or early spring to guarantee availability.
Once we receive your order, we will send more detailed instructions about what to expect if you have never gone through the process before, as well as our processing recommendations. Our goal is to make the entire process of ordering custom beef as streamlined and simple as possible for you.
We use several local butchers that are located within one hour of the Rockford area. Once we deliver the animal, you would talk directly with them and give them the details of how you wanted your meat cut and packaged. If you are unsure of exactly what to do, they will gladly walk you through the process. You would be responsible for the all the processing fees associated with your portion of the animal. Processing costs are usually $0.75 to $0.85 per pound hanging weight. You would pick up your meat from the processor at your convenience unless prior arrangements are made with us.
Typically, hanging carcass weight is 550 to 625 lbs for a whole animal. (Hanging weight refers to the weight of the animal once the hide and internal organs are removed. The meat and processing costs are based on this weight. The animal will now undergo further processing to debone and cut up the various cuts of meat.) All of our Red Devon animals have had a cut out yield of approximately 62-65% meat to bone ratio. This means that you are getting more meat per hanging weight and your meat price per pound goes down. By comparison, the feedlot industry standard is typically less than 60%.
- Custom whole beef — $4.75 per pound hanging weight ($800 deposit)
- Custom 1/2 beef — $4.85 per pound hanging weight ($400 deposit)
- Custom 1/4 beef — $4.95 per pound hanging weight ($200 deposit)
- 1/4 beef at 150# (hanging weight) x $4.95 per pound meat cost = $742.50
- Plus 150# (hanging weight) x $0.80 per pound (average) processing cost = $120
- Total 1/4 beef cost = $862.50
- Total freezer storage is approximately 3 cu ft for 1/4 beef
The prices shown in your cart reflect only the required deposit. After your order is received we will be in touch with you to work out further details.