$7.59 lb HGWT or about $11/pound after the bones have been removed. The final price (between $2,500 and $3,000) will be determined by the weight of the side and is due on delivery or pickup.
These sides weigh around 375 pounds per half hanging weight which yields about 250 pounds of packaged meat. This package includes a mix of approximately 45% steaks and roasts, 45% ground beef, and 10% misc cuts, This is great savings at $11/pound - a 25% savings.
For instance, if the hanging weight is 375 pounds you will pay $2,846 for 250 pounds of beef. This means you will pay about $11 per pound of beef which is cut to your specifications and cryovac'd for freshness.
You can also order 1/2 side instead of a whole beef.
• Is this a good deal financially?
• It's a lot of beef! How can someone possibly eat 100+ pounds of meat a year?
• What about the hassle of storing it?
1. Taste: You can't beat the flavor of locally-raised grass-fed beef. This is partly because farm-grass-fed beef doesn't waste time in transit. It's also because the cattle are handled humanely. Calm cows are tasty cows.
2. Price: Buying a half or a quarter will save you money. It might be hard to believe, but you will. The average price per pound of Miles Smith Farm's grass-fed beef (when buying meat in bulk) is $9/pound. Compare this to Whole Foods at $9.86/pound. You will need a freezer to store a quarter of our beef, but a new 9-cubic-foot freezer has a one-time cost of about $400-$450, and its yearly energy cost will be about $38. And you can use the freezer for other things, too – like ice cream!
3. Convenience: You'll never have to worry about what's for dinner because your freezer will be full of grass-fed beef.
4. Humanity: Do you care about how the animals are treated? Then locally-raised grass-fed beef is for you. It's meat you can connect to and, if you know your farmer, you can ask how your beef was raised and processed.
5. For the Health of It: Parents don't want to be serving their kids the growth hormones and antibiotics that come with commercial meat. Dietary experts recommend unrefined, minimally processed foods – like grass-fed beef. Studies have shown that if you pick lean grass-fed beef, you're giving your body monounsaturated fat (the same healthy fat found in olive oil), and it decreases your risk of heart disease by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol.
6. Creativity: Are you in a cooking rut, making the same go-to dinners over and over? This is almost impossible when you have a freezer full of beef. Why? Because you now have new cuts to cook. You'll be amazed at all the new dishes you can make, and we can help with suggestions and recipes.
7. Support Your Farmer: Buying in bulk helps you, and the farmer. We can plan ahead to put together the best cuts of meat just for you!