Fire Sweep Ranch wrote:
This came across my facebook feed yesterday, might be of interest in this thread...
If something sounds to good to be true... it is.
I went and checked the prices at local grocery store and the local butcher shop.
Biggest error in listed prices T-Bone Steaks USDA Choice 10.49 lb
not the above listed 16.10 lb
Roasts and Steaks graded USDA Choice averaged $7.04 lb NOT $11.04
that's a 36% difference and these
were the everyday prices Not Sale prices... which a thrifty shopper could really take advantage.
Beef Stew Meat and Lean Hamburger freshly ground from local butcher $4.59 lb not $8.00 and $5.60
396 lbs x 7.04 = 2,788 and 243 lbs x 4.59 = 1,115 2788 + 1115 = 3,903
639 lbs purchased at local grocery store and butcher shop = $3,903 NOT $6,024.24
price to have 800 lb h.w. animal butchered, cut, processed and wrapped 70 cents lb = $560 not $750
Paying $3,900 for 4 H steer + $560 processing = $4,460 vs $3,903 Choice USDA inspected meat from your grocery store.
As for take home 79.88% (639 lbs) of 800 lbs hanging weight also a load of
Try 68.25% of h.w. on a choice steer for 546 lbs take home NOT 639 lbs
339 lbs roasts and steaks @ 7.04 = 2387
207 lbs hamburger and stew meat @ 4.59 = 950
buying 546 lbs at grocery store $3,337
1300 lb steer $2,277 = (1.75 l.w. or 2.85 h.w.) plus processing 560 = $2,837 (vs 3,337 for a savings of $500)
(this pricing doesn't apply to grassfed or Wagyu influenced or kobe style beef ect.)
In my opinion... if consumer can't save $125 per 1/4 ($500 per steer) buying in bulk... then they are better off buying
USDA inspected Choice meat as needed from their local grocery store... but to each their own.
As for Wal-Mart (and some other grocers) watch out for deceptive labeling!
I've noticed they will package select and standard grade beef cuts and label them in giant letters USDA INSPECTED
but... they do not put the grade on the package. I'm sure that's where bxtchin' starts about Wal-Mart steaks
Wal-Mart usda Choice steaks are as good as any... but shoppers looking to save a buck will grab the super lean
select or standard grade steaks... because they look so lean and healthy... when in reality they are tougher than he//