Swallow Hill Farm

Buying Grass Fed Beef

Grass Fed Beef Pricing

Our bulk beef prices are based on "hanging weight" per pound. Hanging weight (also called dressed weight or carcass weight) refers to the weight of an animal after being partially butchered, removing all the internal organs, the head and inedible (or less desirable) portions of the tail and legs. It includes the bones, cartilage and other body structure still attached after this initial butchering. It is usually a fraction of the total weight of the animal, and an average of 60% of the original weight for cattle. For example, a 1,000 pound beef will average 600 pounds hanging weight.

Please be aware there will be pounds difference between the hanging weight that you are charged and the total weight of the beef that you take home due to the bone, fat and carving waste that is discarded when you're order is cut. For bone-in beef, expect no more than 60-65% of the carcass weight back as meat. For boneless, 55-60%.

We also offer a limited supply of individual beef cuts at our farm store. Please see our beef pricing.

Our Local Beef Prices Include

  • Standard Processing Costs: The normal cost of processing and packaging your beef is included in the above prices. Premium processing services (pre-made hamburger patties, seasoned sausages, special packaging or special labeling) are not included but can be purchased separately.
  • Transportation Costs: The costs of transporting your beef to the abattoir is included in the above prices.
  • Vacuum Packaging: All of your product will be vacuum sealed to your liking, whether you prefer one item per pack or ten. You can also rest assure that all of the bone in meat and other products will be packaged with care, using durable bone guards to insure no broken seals.
  • Support and Assistance: We will be happy to help you select your beef cut preferences, talk with you about our animal husbandry practices and coordinate the processing of your beef with the abattoir (butcher) and offer any other support we can.

How to Buy Grass Fed Beef

Our local grass finished beef is currently available on a seasonal basis; most often in the fall and late spring due to availability of quality forage. Bulk grass fed beef orders are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay placing your order. Please contact us to order.

Where to Buy Grass Fed Beef

We sell our grass fed and finished beef directly from Swallow Hill Farm. You are invited to visit our farm to see how our cattle are raised, but you can also place your order by calling or emailing us directly.

Pickup of Your Grass Fed Beef

Unless other arrangements are made in advance, customers must pick up their orders from the processor since frozen meat should be taken directly to the customer's freezer. The beef you have purchased is processed as close to our farm as possible to reduce the stress on the animals. Pick up will be at the farm or the processor on pre-designated days that will also be arranged with you. You or someone you know must be there to pick-up the order at the designated time period. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about pick up we will do what we can to assist.

We suggest that you have adequate containers to carry your beef home as these are not available from the processor. During the summer months, you can use moving boxes wrapped with blankets or a sleeping bag to help keep the meat insulated if you do not have large or many insulated containers.

Beef Cut Preferences

After your order and deposit are received, at the farm, via US Mail or email and, if you are purchasing a whole or half beef, we will contact you with a "Beef Cut List" form closer to the time of processing for you to fill out and to send back to us with your custom specifications.

Customers purchasing a split-half (1/4) will receive standard since the butcher cannot custom cut quarters.

Beef Cut Chart
Click on image for printable cut chart. Courtesy American Angus Association

USDA Inspected Safe

Our beef is processed at a USDA plant where the inspector is on the floor at all times assuring you of safety in processing.

Custom Meat Processing

If you are purchasing a half or whole beef and would like premium processing (burger patties, sausage, cube steak or tied roasts) you will need to pay extra to the processing plant at the processor's going rate. Charge's will be separate and noted on your receipt.

Typical Meat Cuts

Meat from a typical half beef (from a 1,000 - 1,200 lb. live animal) consists of approximately:

  • 14 T-bone steaks (3/4" thick) 14 rib steaks (3/4")
  • 8 sirloin steaks (3/4") 8 round steaks (3/4")
  • 2 sirloin tip roasts (3 lbs.) 6 chuck roasts (4 lbs.)
  • 4 arm roasts (3 lbs.) 2 rump roasts (3 lbs.)
  • 8 packages of stew beef (1 lb.) 4 packages of short ribs (1.5 lbs.)
  • 4 packages of soup bones (1.5 lbs.)
  • 80-100 lbs. ground beef
  • (Variety meats, if desired, such as heart, liver, tongue, and oxtail)

Payment Amount Due

We will contact you 10-14 days before your beef is sent to the processor. As soon as available, we will let you know the hanging weight and cost of your beef prior to pick-up so that you can know how much you need to pay. In the unlikely event availability is not possible on our end, we will notify you ASAP and will promptly return your deposit. We accept cash, credit cards and checks.

 

All of our prices are subject to change without notice as a result of product availability and market price fluctuations. Once your order is placed, the "price per pound" of your purchase will not increase.

 News & Updates

Grass Finished Beef - We are now accepting deposits on whole, halves and quarters for November 1, 2017 and June 2018.

Scottish Highland Beef - We currently have a limited supply of Scottish Highland beef available by the individual cut in our farm store.

Pasture-Raised Meat Chickens - Our delicious pasture-raised chickens are currently available.


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