Processing date: 8/2 (turnaround time at the processor is currently 4-5 weeks)
Deposits are done in 1/4 cow increments (i.e. if you want a whole cow, select 4 as the quantity after adding to cart).
This is for the deposit only to secure your beef share:
Clean, humanely-raised, and sustainable, this Angus beef comes from purely grass-fed animals at JNelson Farms in Hope, MI. This means they are never grain-finished to fatten them up before slaughter. Expect full-flavored, deep red meat that will make you never want to go back to "regular" beef again.
Why purchase a beef share?
You are buying part of an animal, and you get the meat at wholesale value, while still getting to control which cuts you receive. That means the more expensive cuts are the same price as ground meat. You own everything on that part of the animal (if you want it), so you are entitled to bones, fat, and organs, in addition to the meat.
How does this work?
The deposit secures your share, and then we will bill you the remainder once the animals are processed and we know the hanging weight. We will send you a reminder when we bring the animals in for processing so you can call your cut order in to the processor. After the meat is ready–the aging process can take up to 2 weeks–we will bring the meat back to the farm and make arrangements to deliver it to you.
What is "hanging weight"?
This is the weight of the animal after the initial slaughter, when it is hanging on the rail. The weight difference from live to hanging is from loss of blood, head, hide, hooves, viscera, lungs and heart. The hanging weight is usually about 60% of the live weight. Hanging weight is commonly used as the weight for animal shares since it includes all the parts of the animal that you can choose to receive.
How much meat to expect:
These cows average 700 lbs hanging weight, so the amount of space you need will depend on your share size and what you want from your part of the animal. You can expect to lose between 25-40% from hanging weight to packaged weight, depending on the amount of ground and boneless cuts you choose, as well as whether you opt to receive any fat, bones, or organs.
We recommend to plan 1 cubic foot of freezer space for every 35 lbs of meat. If you're like most people and don't have much freezer space, there are often great deals to be found on Craigslist for deep freezers. The money you save on buying bulk meat shares will pay for the freezer!