how many pounds is a quarter of beef

On average a quarter of beef weighs about 190 pounds (hanging weight) so the final weight, after processing, would be about 123 – 133 lbs (estimated).

Do you cook at home frequently? How many people do you feed at each meal? The answer to these questions will be different for each family, but here are some guidelines to help you calculate your family’s meat consumption. The U.S. per capita consumption of beef amounted to 58.4 pounds per year in 2020 . That means if you are a family of two who eats a total of two pounds of beef each week, you will be set for an entire year when you purchase a quarter of beef. Our family of 4 adults eats a quarter beef each year. We also eat half a hog and around 100 chickens in a year’s time. That may seem like a large amount, but we eat three meals a day at home and rarely eat out. Once you’ve grown accustomed to eating great meat, and you have a freezer full of it; restaurant food quickly looses its appeal!

Hanging weight is the weight of the butchered animal as it hangs in the locker, and does not include the head, hide, hooves, blood and innards, which have been removed. This is the weight you will be charged on. An average quarter beef will have a hanging weight of about 160 pounds.

The average quarter will yield 100-130 pounds of cut, wrapped and frozen meat. Of course, each beef will vary in size and since your beef will be custom processed to your specifications, the yield will vary slightly. That means if you have all bones removed; you will have a lower yield.

You’ve read our 5 Reasons To Buy A Quarter Beef and decided that buying a quarter beef is the most economical way to get farm fresh beef, plus you’d like to know where your food is coming from. BUT you still have a few questions and ordering a custom processed quarter beef seems a bit overwhelming, especially if you’ve never done it before. We’d like to help you through the process by answering some common questions. If you still have questions after reading the FAQs, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to help!

If coming to the farm doesn’t work for you, pick up at the processor is another option. If pick up is made directly from the locker, the hanging weight fees must be paid before the meat is released for pick up. After that payment is received, processing fees will need to be paid at the locker when the meat is picked up.

Often, the idea of speaking with a processor to decide how you want your order processed is an intimidating thought. Weve eliminated that part of the process by offering Carwood Farm Beef Processing Recommendations. Choose one of these options at check out when you place your order and you dont have to think about it again:

Add the cost for the beef and estimated cost for processing and you have your total investment. The actual cost/lbs. (found by dividing your investment by your estimated total take home weight of 130 lbs. for a quarter or 260 lbs. for a half) will be about $7.13/lbs.. Try getting a prime cut of steak for that price anywhere else!

Processing is a separate charge paid to our processor. We use several area federally inspected processors who charge $.95/lbs. – $1.10/lbs. calculated using the hanging weight. So using the average weights listed above. You can figure your processing costs to be:

On average a quarter of beef weighs about 190 pounds (hanging weight) so the final weight, after processing, would be about 123 – 133 lbs (estimated).

FAQ

How much would a 1 4 beef cost?

A quarter beef will have a total cost of $1330 to $1500 and will yield between 110-130 pounds of beef. A quarter beef will generally use 4 cubic feet of freezer space.

How much beef do you get from a 1 4?

The average quarter will yield 100-130 pounds of cut, wrapped and frozen meat. Of course, each beef will vary in size and since your beef will be custom processed to your specifications, the yield will vary slightly. That means if you have all bones removed; you will have a lower yield.

What cuts of meat do you get from a 1 4 cow?

The Quarter Beef includes a few types of cuts like flank steak or brisket and stew meat and short ribs. Its a great value that gives you all the beef standards like steaks, roasts and burger but also gives you some of the best kept secret cuts like flank steaks, brisket and short ribs.

How big of a freezer do I need for 1 4 beef?

If your quarter beef yields 80 pounds of meat, you will need approximately 5 to 7 cubic feet of freezer space. For a quarter beef yielding 100 pounds of meat, you will need approximately 6 to 8 cubic feet of freezer space.

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