frequently asked questions:
On average, a 1,000 pound steer will only weigh approximately 61% of it’s live weight once it makes it to the rail. This approximate 39% loss during the slaughter and dressing procedure is a result of the animal being bled and the hide, head, hooves, viscera, lungs and heart being removed. The remaining 61% is often referred to as the “Hanging Weight” or the weight “On the Rail”. But, the loss doesn’t stop there. Once the carcass is on the rail it begins to leach moisture (shrink) which accounts for additional weight loss. This along with the fat and bone removed during the cutting account for an additional 18% loss. In summary, a steer weighing 1,000 pounds on the hoof will average around 430 pounds of retail cuts (steaks, roasts, ground beef, stew beef, etc.)
Our cattle have unlimited access to fresh water, hay, and are grained daily. If you have specific questions about our grain formula please send us and email and we will do our best to answer all your questions and concerns.
We use a few different processors to handle our orders. Please contact us directly and we will be able to send a list of processing fees depending on which processor will be handling your order.
The following are estimates & we cannot guarantee the information below to be completely accurate. These amounts are a guideline to go by to better give you an idea of what to expect.
Total yield will be based on the individual animal.
All based on 1000-1400 pounds live weight:
1/4 Beef Share - 100-150 pounds of meat - up to 8 CU. FT.
1/2 Beef Share - 200-400 pounds of meat -up to 16 CU. FT.
Whole Beef Share- 400-600 pounds of meat- up to 25 CU.FT.