how to buy beef in bulk

Buying a share of a cow or hog can save money and time (and you’ll know exactly where your meat came from!). Here’s what you need to know about buying meat in bulk.

For several years, I’ve purchased beef in bulk from local farmers here in Central Ohio. And a few years ago, I started buying pork from a local farm family as well. I get a lot of questions about how the process works and whether it’s worth it. I’m sharing the details, so you can decide if it’s right for your family.

To help answer the biggest questions I get about buying meat in bulk, I consulted two of the farmers I’ve ordered from: Lyndsey Teter of Six Buckets Farm, where I get bulk pork, and Dee Jepsen of Dusty Rose Farms in Amanda, Ohio, where I’ve ordered freezer beef.

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How much meat should I order?

The farmer should be able to tell you (roughly) how many pounds of meat you’ll get in a quarter- or half-share. For my family of four, I’ve typically split a quarter-cow or quarter-hog with a friend or two. That gives us each enough meat to last many months, and we split the cost.

  • According to Lyndsey, a quarter-share is typically 30-40 pounds of pork, a half-share is 60-80 pounds, and a full is 120-160 pounds.
  • According to Dee, a 1,000-pound steer translates to about 150 pounds of beef for a quarter-share, 300 pounds of beef for a half-share, and 600 pounds for a full.

Keep in mind that those weights include the bone and fat on the meat too.

What about buying meat in bulk online?

Yes, there are options to do that. Here are some ideas if you’d prefer to buy online.

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Is it worth buying bulk beef?

Purchasing meat in large quantities is usually a superb deal, although not for everybody. Investing in a side of beef is a great option if you like to prepare food, you consume a lot of beef, you’ve got space for storage, and top quality is very important to you.

Is it cheaper to buy ground beef in bulk?

Is it cheaper to buy meat in bulk? In some cases, yes. Let’s say the price for your bulk beef order averages out to $4 a pound–that’s higher for typical ground chuck but a great price for steaks. “The law of averages works out for the customer in the end,” says Dee.

How much beef do you get when you buy a cow?

A 1200-pound beef animal will yield a hot carcass weight of approximately 750 pounds. Once cooled, the carcass weight will be approximately 730 pounds. When de-boned and trimmed, there will be approximately 500 pounds of trimmed and de- boned meat for wrapping and freezing.

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