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  • #16
    baby bacons...that made me laugh

    Around my area you get double charged: you buy the beef for around $4-$6 a pound butcher weight (which if I understand them right is different than hanging weight*), then pay the butcher another $1-$3 for cut and wrap. I've yet to find anyone that will give me a flat price (ie for 50 pounds you pay xx amount and get so many steaks, roasts, pounds ground, etc)

    (*How I understand it:
    Butcher weight-weight of animal when it was killed
    Hanging weight-weight of animal with skin, guts, and usually head and lower legs removed)
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    • #17
      Yeah, that's how it works for us too. We get charged $2.50 / kg (about $1.20 / lb) per kg, plus $300 for the butcher and another $150 for petrol (to transport the dead and frozen cow to us, since it's about 4 hours away). When the dust settles that turns into about $6 /kg ($2.80 / lb).
      Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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      • #18
        I wouldn't mind but then the rancher usually says that a whole beef weighs between xx and yy and that 30% of weight is lost during the processing. But you've paid for that 30% because you pay the butcher weight to the rancher. Seems like money thrown away. I don't know, I may be misunderstanding how the whole thing works.
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        • #19
          I think the taste question is also an important one. I have eating amazing grass-fed beef, but I have had some that was terrible. The first time I bulk purchased grass-fed beef I could not eat it. It was so gamey that is made me gag. I had to give it all to some friends who don't mind that taste.

          I would ask if you could buy a few lbs of ground beef and a steak or two before buying a whole cow.
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          • #20
            First there is Live Weight - self explanatory

            Then there is Hanging Weight. The animal typically has lost its guts, head, feet, skin, and some water due to a bit of aging - 1/3 of the Live Weight has been lost at this point as an average, but that also depends on the breed of the animal. Some breeds give you better numbers.

            Then there is Cut (Packaged) Weight. This is the hanging weight minus all the bones and fat trimmings and meat scraps you don't specifically say you want. As far as the meat habits around my location go, another 1/3 of the Live weight is lost.

            And you have to pay the processor (butcher) to cut and package all this flesh for you. Usually a flat per pound price, depending on the kind of animal (processing deer around here is a different price than beef).

            I was shocked the first time I bought a half beef - wasn't so much for a family of 6 heavy feeders as I had thought! - and later found out what I was giving away! I suggest you keep everything the law will let you have. Organs, tallow, scraps, bones, etc. This is nutritious stuff that you can use!

            The loss is what jacks the price up.

            At least, this is the typical thing for my area.

            Edit: the 100% grass-fed guy I plan on visiting has a freezer full of cuts that you can buy to try his beef before you commit to larger orders.
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            • #21
              Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
              I get mine for $2.80 / lb

              It does my inner scotsman proud.
              You don't specifically say if it is grass-fed or not... or if that is hanging weight or packaged weight...
              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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              • #22
                I live in a country that does not grain feed it's cows ....

                And that is probably hanging weight.
                Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

                Griff's cholesterol primer
                5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
                Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
                TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
                bloodorchid is always right

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