Ordering Quarters, Halves, Whole Beef

What happens when we take your order for a quarter/half or whole beef?

When we take your order for a quarter/half or whole beef, we try to give you a date when it will go to the meat processor.  When the steer goes to the processor we will call you to get your instructions for how you want your beef cut. The beef will then dry-age in a climate controlled cooler for 7-10 days before being cut.  The reason it is dry aged, is that dry-aging helps tenderize the meat.  Cutting, packaging and freezing takes another 2-3 days, so your order will be ready for pickup about two weeks after the date the animal went to the processor.  You will pick up the meat at the processor, and at that time, we ask that you pay them for processing and also write a separate check to NewGrass Farm for the beef. 

Decisions, decisions…Figure out how to have your beef order cut.  Read through our guide to

If you want to order a quarter please read this.  If you are interested in a half, or whole skip this paragraph:

If you ordered a quarter, what you will receive is commonly called a “split half.”  Because, the cuts of meat in the front half differs dramatically from the back half, we evenly divide the cuts between the two to make it a fair offering.  This will somewhat limit how you can have your beef cut, as it is a compromise with the other customer, who will be sharing the half.  Again, this applies only to quarter orders.  If you ordered a half or whole beef, you won’t have to split the cuts. 

Our guarantee:

What happens if there is something wrong with your beef? It’s wonderful to have a freezer full of beef that you can feel good about eating, unless, of course that beef just doesn’t taste good.  Unfortunately, there is plenty of poor quality beef on the market, especially grass-fed beef.  The reality is that it takes a great deal of skill and the right genetics to finish cattle properly on grass alone.  Too many producers take short cuts, offer you a “cheap” price on their beef, but then don’t want to assume responsibility if their beef is just not up to par.  Yet, the last thing you want to do is spend hundreds of dollars on a large order of beef only to find that it tastes like shoe-leather, and the only thing you can do about it is throw it away.  

Our pledge: If you are not satisfied with the quality of the beef you ordered from us, we will buy it back from you.  

What will your beef cost? 

The cost is $3.50-3.65/lb hanging weight, depending on the amount.  Again, this does not include processing, which runs about $0.70 per pound.  The hanging weight is the weight of the carcass, before it is processed into individual cuts.  Your take home weight of meat will be about 25%-35% less depending on how you have the meat cut.  

Average hanging weights:

Quarter:  150-180 lbs x $3.65/lb  = approximately $550-650 for the meat, and about $125-$150 for the processing.

Half: -300-360 lbs x $3.50 = approximately $1100-$1300 for the meat, and about $250-$300 for the processing.

Whole:  600-760 lbs x $3.50/lb = approximately $2100-2600 for the meat, and about $500-$600 for the processing.

What you will receive with your order:

The table below gives approximate amounts of each cut that you will receive.  Your order may vary slightly from this, and you may opt for different cuts than these where it is possible.  For instance, you may prefer T-bone and Porterhouse steaks rather than NY strip and Tenderloin–did you know that a Porterhouse steak is composed of a NY Strip on one side of the “t-bone” and tenderloin on the other?  You may also wish to have some cuts turned into ground beef, such as the brisket or short ribs.  

Individual Cut Quarter/split halfHalf BeefWhole Beef
Chuck/Arm Roast10-12 lbs20-24 lbs40-48 lbs
Rolled Rump Roast3 lbs5-6 lbs 10-12 lbs
Sirloin Tip Roast3 lbs5-6 lbs10-12 lbs
Round Steak, or Stew Meat3-4 lbs6-8 lbs12-16 lbs
Ribeye Steak2.5-3.5 lbs5-7 lbs10-14 lbs
NY Strip Steak2.5 lbs5 lbs10  lbs
Sirloin Steak2 lbs4 lbs8 lbs
Tenderloin Filets1.5 lbs3 lbs6 lbs
Flank Steak.5 lbs1 lbs2 lbs
Skirt Steak or Fajita Meat2 lbs4 lbs8 lbs
Flat Iron Steak1.1 lbs2.2 lbs4.5 lbs
Tri-tip Steak1 lbs2 lbs4 lbs
Brisket2 lbs4 lbs8 lbs
Short Ribs2 lbs4 lbs8 lbs
Soup bones with meat4 lbs8 lbs16 lbs
Liver1 lb2 lbs4 lbs
Bones for Bone Broth10 lbs20 lbs40 lbs
Ground Beef45-50 lbs90-100 lbs180-200 lbs
Total amount of beef84-96 lbs 168-192 lbs   336-384 lbs
Approximate Freezer space needed 4 cubic feet 7 cubic feet  14 cubic feet