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    Buying Beef

    I just purchased a 1/4 beef this week from a locker. I paid 80 cents/lb for processing and $2.05/lb hanging weight. I ended up with 208 lbs. Wanted to know what other Fanatics have paid recently. I got a brisket, T-bones, rib eyes, sirloins, a couple of roasts, stew meat, and the rest in hamburger. I have to get it cut up yet. Also any idea how long it should hang? I've heard anywhere from 7-14 days.



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    Re: Buying Beef

    Hang it 14 days. It is a lot better when it is aged. And the price is a good price. We usually sell our beef for around $5/lb.


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    Re: Buying Beef

    Sorry, no help on the question, but the topic reminded me of this:

    A few weeks ago, my wife's sister was coming for a visit, she's on the phone with my wife, the wife asks if we have 'some room in the freezer, they bought a beef or half a beef, or something'. I said yes, thinking it has to be a half a half, I mean...you wouldn't think they'd assume someone has some 'extra space' for a half of a beef.

    Yeah, it was a full half. Their only saving grace is that I happen to be the probably one person in the state who has an empty chest freezer sitting in the basement. It filled the whole freezer.

    Really, why would you just show up at someone's house thinking they'll have space to store a half a beef for you for 2 days.

    Of course, they're UNI grads, so I guess...



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    Re: Buying Beef

    I paid $1.95 / lb last year and about the same in processing as you did so you got a decent price. Just go compare prices at the grocery store should tell you all you need to know. If this is your first time buying local beef, be prepared to wonder why you haven't done it a heck of a lot earlier as grocery store meat can't touch what you have. Fareway has the best meat of the chains IMO but the stuff I get from a friend is light years ahead in taste........and a lot cheaper



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    Re: Buying Beef

    Quote Originally Posted by cmjh10 View Post
    Hang it 14 days. It is a lot better when it is aged. And the price is a good price. We usually sell our beef for around $5/lb.
    why does anyone buy beef from you ever? that's basically grocery store pricing



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    Re: Buying Beef

    I did the same thing last year. Got a 1/4 and it was $2-something/lbs.



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    Re: Buying Beef

    Quote Originally Posted by stevefrench View Post
    why does anyone buy beef from you ever? that's basically grocery store pricing
    Because we raise them, buy the feed, pay for vet bills, pay for processing, gas to get there, it is fresh, people know where it comes from and how we raise them. People in our area would pay that price for fresh beef all day any day over going to the grocery store.


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    Re: Buying Beef

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloner29 View Post
    I just purchased a 1/4 beef this week from a locker. I paid 80 cents/lb for processing and $2.05/lb hanging weight. I ended up with 208 lbs. Wanted to know what other Fanatics have paid recently. I got a brisket, T-bones, rib eyes, sirloins, a couple of roasts, stew meat, and the rest in hamburger. I have to get it cut up yet. Also any idea how long it should hang? I've heard anywhere from 7-14 days.
    How do you get that variety of cuts by buying a quarter?


    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Re: Buying Beef

    You hosting a CF bbq?



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    Re: Buying Beef

    Quote Originally Posted by Acylum View Post
    How do you get that variety of cuts by buying a quarter?

    I'm guessing it's not actually a 1/4, but a half of a half. You're right, a 1/4 is the front or back, but now a lot of places do a half of a half, which is a half split evenly...oras close to half as possible.



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    Re: Buying Beef

    Quote Originally Posted by stevefrench View Post
    why does anyone buy beef from you ever? that's basically grocery store pricing
    For that price is it grass fed? We are trying to cut out corn fed.


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    Re: Buying Beef

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    For that price is it grass fed? We are trying to cut out corn fed.
    Can I ask why?

    Not saying there is something wrong with grass fed, there are benefits to both a grain fed and grass fed system or even better a hybrid system. But as a cattleman I'm just curious for your personal reasons.

    For me I just can't get past the taste difference, white vs. yellow fat. Its probably not even a 'one is a better flavor than the other' thing, more akin to if you grew up drinking only Pepsi or Coke. I'm just used to one.


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    Re: Buying Beef

    Split a half with my parents recently and that price is within .25 of what we paid, so you got a good price. This is really the way to go when buying meat, provided you have the space. The first time I used some of the hamburger my wife thought I had used some different seasoning. Same recipe, different quality of meat. So much better than what you can get at the grocery store.



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    Re: Buying Beef

    Quote Originally Posted by HGPuck View Post
    Can I ask why?

    Not saying there is something wrong with grass fed, there are benefits to both a grain fed and grass fed system or even better a hybrid system. But as a cattleman I'm just curious for your personal reasons.

    For me I just can't get past the taste difference, white vs. yellow fat. Its probably not even a 'one is a better flavor than the other' thing, more akin to if you grew up drinking only Pepsi or Coke. I'm just used to one.
    Better flavor, more Omega 3's, and less hormones/GMO in the cycle. If your food is eating things with nutritional value, then you will get some of that. The corn grown around here has no value at all except as a starch for chemical processing.

    Not saying I won't eat cornfed, but I would rather it be grass fed.


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    Re: Buying Beef

    My source is $3.00 lb for beef and $2.30 lb for pork.



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