Frequently Asked Questions
and our answers to them!
How much does a quarter beef cost?The short answer: it varies. Our beef prices vary according to market pricing. Currently, we charge $3.89/pound hanging weight - which means the whole and in tact quarter as it hangs on the rail before it's cut up. Average hanging weight for a quarter of one of our steers is anywhere from 200-250 pounds; even that varies from time to time. Your base price will be:
Is the hamburger 80/20 or 90/10?
We don't test our hamburger. We label it regular and steak. Regular hamburger generally has a little higher fat content. Steak hamburger is when we take sections that could be steaks or roasts (like chuck and round) and grind them into hamburger. Steak hamburger is generally the leaner of the two. We won't always have steak hamburger.
While our meat is not certified organic, it is naturally raised and USDA Certified. We take every precaution and preventative measure to make sure our cattle stay healthy and happy.
Our beef is not 100% grass fed. We grain finish our steers. They live on grass and hay for the majority of their lives, but for the last 6 to 8 weeks, they are fed a grain diet in addition to free choice hay and grass. This provides flavor our customers love and added marbling in the steaks.
The best answer: LOCALLY! We raise the beef at our farm in Parkland. We also raise the goats and some of the chickens and turkeys. We'll also be raising our own lamb this year. The other poultry comes from our neighbors and good friends, Mike and Diane. We carry specialty meats as well. Rabbit comes from Kerrick, MN and elk and bison from Rice Lake, WI.
When will there be more T-Bones, Porterhouse, Pork Chops, Chicken Breasts, etc.? When is the next shipment?
We process according to our available space and demand. We don't get "shipments" as our meat is processed on an as-needed basis from our farm and other local farms. That means the animals might need more time, we are waiting on another processing date, or we're simply sold out of the popular cuts for a bit. Nothing to fret about, though, as this just means there will be more soon and we're doing everything we can to make sure the quality is always top notch.
What breed of cattle is used?We breed, raise, and process a whole array of cattle. All sorts of angus crosses have gone through and are still a vital part of our program. Regardless of breed, we raise all of our cattle with the same care and love as we do everything else.
Is all the meat frozen?
Yes, all of our meat is frozen! We do this for a couple of reasons. First, it's frozen at the time of processing so that ensures your meat will be as fresh as it was at the time of processing when you thaw it at home! Second, this allows you as the customer to bring it home to put in your freezer if you aren't going to use it right away. Finally, it's the best way for us to keep quality meats in our freezer until they get on your table!