Flying B Bar Ranch

Flying B Bar Ranch

Grassfed Beef

American Grassfed AssociationAnimal Welfare

What’s in a Quarter?

This pricing and beef package content listing is current as of December 1, 2014

So how much is the right amount for you?

Read below and click Standard Cut to get more information about what comes in an average weight package.  Each package varies of course with the varying sizes of the cattle, but this form gives you an average of what we have seen over the last number of years on average.

Eighth Beef

While the package weight is different for each animal, over the last number of years the average final packaged size of an eighth has been around 50 or 60 pounds.  The average hanging weight is 70-75 pounds but again, the hanging weight can vary, as much as 10 pounds either way.

Recommended for smaller families with 1-2 adults and 0-1 kids

Will take up to 75% of a standard-sized freezer or a 25% small chest freezer

Meal Planning:  About 6 months of meals at 2 pounds per week 

Quarter Beef

While the package weight is different for each animal, over the last number of years the average final packaged weight of a quarter has been around 100 to 130 pounds of beef.  The average hanging weight is 140 – 150 pounds but again, this varies animal to animal and the hanging weight can vary as much as 30 pounds either way.

Recommended for families with 1-2 adults and a kid or two

Will take up a small chest freezer or 25% of small upright
freezer (14 cu. ft.)

Meal Planning:  About 6 months of meals at 4 pounds per week

Half Beef

While the package weight is different for each animal, over the last number of years the average final packaged weight of a half has been around 220 to 260 pounds of beef.  The average hanging weight is 280 – 300 pounds but again, this varies animal to animal and the hanging weight can vary as much as 60 pounds either way.

Recommended for large families with 2 adults and 2-5 older kids

Will take up to 50% of a large upright freezer (20 cu.ft.)

Meal Planning:  A whole year of meals at 4 pounds per week

Whole Beef

While the package weight is different for each animal, over the last number of years the average final packaged weight of a half has been around 440 to 520 pounds of beef.  The average hanging weight is 500 – 600 pounds but again, this varies animal to animal and the hanging weight can vary as much as 120 pounds either way.

Twice what is in a half, of course.  Recommended for large families with 2 adults and 2-5 older kids

Will take up almost all of a large upright freezer (20 cu.ft.)

Meal Planning:  A whole year of meals at 8 pounds per week

 

Beef packages generally include approximately:

  • 1/3 steaks
  • 1/3 roasts
  • 1/3 ground beef
We are a family of four and a we go through a whole beef in a year and it’s not like we eat beef every night.

FREEZER SPACE and HOW MUCH YOU MAY WANT TO PURCHASE:

  • A quarter of beef needs about 4 cubic feet.  We use 1 deep shelf, and both of the two bins at the bottom of the fridge, along with some of the storage on the door for a quarter.  We have typically more than half of the fridge space left.  The rule of thumb is one cubic foot of freezer space for every 35 – 40 pounds of packaged meat.  A quarter of beef will easily fit into a 5 -7 cubic foot chest freezer.
  • A half beef needs about 8 cubic feet.
  • You should plan for at least 16-17 cu.ft. freezer space for a whole beef.
  • This will also vary a little bit with the freezer design. 
  • Needed freezer space varies with the choice of cuts and packaged weights also.

 

BEEF CUT CHARTS:

Check out this site for a nice thorough chart with typical beef cuts:

www.angus.org/pub/beefchart.pdf