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Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:54 am
by ky colonel
Ones out there doing it, what kind of prices are you getting for pasture raised angus? do you go by live weight or hanging weight?

Re: Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:35 am
by Ol' 243
I sell mine live weight, finished at least 90 days on grain, and delivered to the processor for 2.25 lb.

Re: Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:56 am
by backhoeboogie
I sell by hanging weight. Pretty much the same as Ol' 243 describes. They pay processing and fill out the cut sheet to their liking. Some know exactly what they want and what to do. Others don't but it is not my problem.

Re: Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:24 pm
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
Just remember, you are selling a whole or half of an ANIMAL. Not a carcass. The price can be based on the carcass weight or live weight, but you are not allowed to sell meat - unless you have approval/license??

Re: Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:52 pm
by ky colonel
thats a good point. i do have everything to sale the meat and have been selling burger i had made from a cow. been trying it at farmer markets, been ok so far. i know people have asked if i would sale them a half or a whole beef. and i really didnt know how to approach that. i had thought just to get one cut up and sale the steaks like i have the burger.

Re: Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:17 pm
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
I am rusty on USDA rules. If animal is processed at a licensed USDA slaughter house, can you legally sell by the pound of meat out of your home or farmer's market? I deal with a licensed and non-licensed places, so if needed, I have options.

Re: Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:24 pm
by Jogeephus
Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:I am rusty on USDA rules. If animal is processed at a licensed USDA slaughter house, can you legally sell by the pound of meat out of your home or farmer's market? I deal with a licensed and non-licensed places, so if needed, I have options.


Here you do need a license for that too. Goes back to traceability or maybe its really just taxes. But you need one. Its $150/year here. I can sell anywhere in the state and if I paid another fee and jumped through a few more hurdles and paid a few more fees I could sell nationwide.

Re: Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:07 pm
by Son of Butch
Ol' 243 wrote:I sell mine live weight,.... for 2.25 lb.

WOW $3,000 hd for 1335 lb steer plus processing and you get to weigh the steer!
How many do you sell a month?
.... maybe there's one born every 30 seconds these days, rather than every minute

1.39 lb live weight = 2.25 lb hanging weight
1.42 lb live weight = 2.30 lb hanging weight
1.50 lb live weight = 2.43 hanging weight
1.85 lb live weight = 2.99 lb hanging
2.00 lb live weight = 3.25 lb h.w.

Highest price I know of is an Organic Grassfed operation that sells beef 1/4s to restaurants 3.99 lb hanging weight plus processing.

Re: Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:20 pm
by ky colonel
i had to do usda, get health inspected $150, and that was it as long as i stay small one or two animals at a time is what the health inspector said. then if i got bigger or sold to a grocery store they would be more permits....

Re: Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:26 pm
by Son of Butch
ky colonel wrote:i had to do usda, get health inspected $150, and that was it as long as i stay small one or two animals at a time is what the health inspector said. then if i got bigger or sold to a grocery store they would be more permits....

You can get around all that by selling the animal delivered to the butcher of their/your choice and they pay the butcher for processing the meat however they prefer.

Re: Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:40 pm
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
I knew selling 1/2's or even 1/4's, you could get away with selling pretty easy. As I stated, your selling a live animal based on carcass or live wt. But, when you get into selling meat by the pound, I thought there were different rules. You might check with your state ag & mkt.

Re: Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:25 pm
by Ol' 243
Son of Butch wrote:
Ol' 243 wrote:I sell mine live weight,.... for 2.25 lb.

WOW $3,000 hd for 1335 lb steer plus processing and you get to weigh the steer!
How many do you sell a month?
.... maybe there's one born every 30 seconds these days, rather than every minute

1.39 lb live weight = 2.25 lb hanging weight
1.42 lb live weight = 2.30 lb hanging weight
1.50 lb live weight = 2.43 hanging weight
1.85 lb live weight = 2.99 lb hanging
2.00 lb live weight = 3.25 lb h.w.

Highest price I know of is an Organic Grassfed operation that sells beef 1/4s to restaurants 3.99 lb hanging weight plus processing.


Well Sonabutch, never sold one that weighed 1335, most I weighed one was 1125, but yes, I sell every one I can produce privately. And yes, I weigh every one I haul at my neighbors digital scale that he let's me use. Sorry if you don't like how I do business, but I really don't give a shyt one way or the other.

Re: Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:24 am
by Luckiamute
Our steers this year likely will be $3.85 to $4.00 per pound hanging weight for quarters or halves. That includes ALL costs, including the processing (cut & wrap) fees. These are mostly grass-fed Black Angus steers that get a little grain.

Re: Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:57 am
by Son of Butch
Ol' 243 wrote:
Son of Butch wrote:
Ol' 243 wrote:I sell mine live weight,.... for 2.25 lb.

WOW $3,000 hd for 1335 lb steer plus processing and you get to weigh the steer!
How many do you sell a month?
.... maybe there's one born every 30 seconds these days, rather than every minute

1.39 lb live weight = 2.25 lb hanging weight
1.42 lb live weight = 2.30 lb hanging weight
1.50 lb live weight = 2.43 hanging weight
1.85 lb live weight = 2.99 lb hanging
2.00 lb live weight = 3.25 lb h.w.

Highest price I know of is an Organic Grassfed operation that sells beef 1/4s to restaurants 3.99 lb hanging weight plus processing.


Well Sonabutch, never sold one that weighed 1335, most I weighed one was 1125, but yes, I sell every one I can produce privately. And yes, I weigh every one I haul at my neighbors digital scale that he let's me use. Sorry if you don't like how I do business, but I really don't give a shyt one way or the other.

You got me wrong. I Love How You Do Business... I'm jealous! Sounds like Easy Money and selling out 100% of inventory
begs for expansion.

Re: Selling Beef on the whole of half

Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:44 am
by Kjfred
We get 2.00/lb hanging weight for a half and 2.25 for a quarter. Could probably get another 25 cents but most customers are loyal and that's worth something to me. They pay processing of course. I think a person would have to at least double that price if selling by the package. There are way more headaches that way with marketing, storage etc.