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What is a good price for 1/2 a cow?

post #1 of 14
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For those of you who buy a butchered cow, how much do you pay?
post #2 of 14
I have not bought one since last year, but I paid about $300. I bought the back half since that had most of the steaks and roasts. It lasted us about 6 months.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank you! My parents were quoted $900 and I thought that seemed a bit high....

Brenda
post #4 of 14
$900?! That is CRAZY!!!!!!!
post #5 of 14
900 for a half of beef is crazy.. we paid 500 bucks that was the processing for our half and for the beef itself the beef equaled out to 1.89lb across the board... sounds like they would be paying for the whole beef processing... plus ours was large it was almost 400lbs for our half.
post #6 of 14
Free is always the best deal, but around 300 for 1/2 seems more than reasonable. A lot of it too depends on what cut of meat. Like we paid less for all hamburger than if we got roast and steaks.
post #7 of 14
A half carcass weighs about 300 lbs at the hang weight or gross weight. That is before all the non-usable stuff is removed. You loose about 25% in trim so a half side would weight about 225 pounds. There is also 5 different cutting grades where the better grades will result in less meat but of higher quality. Personally, I think if one pays an average of $2 a pound at the hang weight and a better grade, you're probably getting a decent deal.
post #8 of 14
We just ordered ours. we'll pay roughly $2.09 a pound and will receive it in 2 weeks.
post #9 of 14
I live in Canada which we have all learned that it costs more here... I am paying 3.60/lb for 1/4 of a cow.. He said that would come to a maximum of $500. Please note the cow we are buying is the closest you can come to Organic beef, and servings are divided into 2 person meals. So of course this cost is adding to the final price of the cow. Maybe you parents are lookng at a value added cow?? Organic, special cutting, etc.

TJ
post #10 of 14
The last time my friend checked into it, it was $2.20, at hang weight, which was 400 pounds, for 1/2 a cow. That yielded about 300 pounds of meat. So it would be about $880 here for 1/2 a cow.
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