## The True Cost of a Side of Beef

04/07/2011

What's the true cost per pound when buying a side of beef or whole beef? For instance you see advertised grass fed beef for say \$3.99 pound hanging weight.

So you read a bit further and see that a side of beef (hanging weight) is typically around 350 lbs. For an explanation of hanging weight click here.

SO…

\$3.99 x 350 lbs = \$1,396.50 You know what the side costs but the question that arises is something like:

So what cuts do I get?

How much meat do I get?

That is the real question you need answered to decide if your getting a deal you're satisfied with.

Many consumers have never bought beef this way. They get their beef and find they ended up with 55% of the hanging weight.

So the true cost per pound looks like this:

350 lbs hanging weight which yields approximately 55% for a take home weight of  192.50 lbs.

\$1,396.50 /192.50 lbs  = \$7.25 per lb packed weight (take home weight).

Before you buy beef in bulk by the hanging weight:

Ask the farmer for these numbers! They should be keeping track of the yields from their beef. If they are not, and can't answer your questions, you have no way of knowing what your final cost per pound will be.

These numbers are averages and not all beef yields the same. If you don't know what the typical yield is from the farmer's beef it is a shot in the dark. Many farmers are not well versed in selling freezer beef so they aren't familiar with what the yield is from their beef.

I have seen many farmers who actually sell small amounts of beef at a lower price per pound than what it would cost to buy a side!  This tells me they probably have no idea what their beef yields.

Why would you buy a half a beef at \$7.25 per pound packaged weight when you could buy smaller amounts say a 50 lb box for \$6.00 per pound?

Using the example above you could buy the same beef in 50 lb boxes for \$1,155.00 That’s a savings of \$241.50 I'm sure you can find better use for that money!

If you purchase a side of beef from Spring Hill Farms we will show the numbers on our beef. You will have a very good idea what your final cost per pound will be.

So before you purchase a side of beef, get the true cost per pound.

Until next time….