First time buying in bulk from a rancher?
All of the terminology and cost explained!
Ordering a Whole, Half, or Quarter Beef from your local rancher is the best way to get the most bang for your buck without sacrificing quality! We get a lot of questions from first time customers, and want to address them here so you can be confident when making your very first beef order with us.
- Live Weight: How much the animal weighs when it's out in the pasture.
- Hanging Weight: This is how much the animal weighs "on the hook", or after it's been slaughtered. Hanging weight about 55% meat, but still includes bones and trim.
- "Cut and Wrapped" Weight: How many pounds of actual meat you end up with in your freezer.
Typically ranchers charge by hanging weight of the animal. Similarly, that is how the butcher charges the customer for their services.
How much is the hanging weight?
The hanging weights of our cattle vary. Here is an estimated list:
Quarter hanging weights:
Grain finished is approximately 175-200 pounds
Half hanging weights:
Grain finished is approximately 350-400 pounds
Grass finished is approximately 300-350 pounds
Whole hanging weights:
Grain finished is approximately 700-800 pounds
Grass finished is approximately 600-700 pounds
How much meat will I get from the hanging weight?
The true amount of meat you get after the butcher has removed many bones and undesirable bits is approximately 55% of the hanging weight, meaning a grain fed whole beef (800 pound hanging weight) will yield about 440 pounds of well-cut, packaged, delicious beef to stock your freezer with!
Price Per Pound Hanging Weight
$3.45/pound Hanging Weight Grain finished
$3.25/pound Hanging Weight Grain finished
$3.60/pound Hanging Weight Grass finished
$3.05/pound Hanging Weight Grain finished
$3.35/pound Hanging Weight Grass finished
All cut and wrap fees are charged separately by the butcher, but you pay butcher fees with the cost of your beef at pick up! Due to the large amount of orders we receive, we are constantly working on finding the earliest butcher dates with reliable local meat processors. You will have a good idea on when your beef will be butchered as we keep this information updated on our website. You will be notified when your beef goes into the butcher, and will be notified again when your invoice is ready and we have established a pick up date for your beef! The butchers we use charge $1.15/lb hanging weight plus a harvest fee ranging from $115-$150 per whole beef.
Estimated Final Cost (Weight is variable for each animal)
Grain finished - Approx. $900
Grain finished - Approx. $1700
Grass finished - Approx. $1500
Grain finished - Approx. $3000
Grass finished - Approx. $2800
Quick Rundown of the Process:
Decide your size (quarter, half, or whole).
Decide grass or grain-fed beef (grain-finished is highly recommended).
Fill out a custom cut sheet for half and whole orders (quarter orders not applicable).
Your cut sheet determines what cuts of meat you will receive.
Place your $100 deposit that goes towards your final cost.
We schedule your beef to go to the butcher.
We will send you an email when your beef is in the aging process, this will most likely be in the estimated month that is listed on the website!
Once at the butcher, your meat gets dry aged for 10-14 days, cut up, packaged, and frozen. This whole process, on average, takes 2-3 weeks.
Pick up your meat at our ranch when you get the email it is ready (31422 N Newport Hwy, Chattaroy, WA 99003).