Winter is coming and you want to fill your freezer with farm-fresh grass fed beef… but how do you go about buying half a cow in Michigan?
That’s where we come in.
Grass Fed Beef in Michigan
Here at McLaughlin Farm in Jackson, MI, we’ve done the hard work of producing organic, grass fed and grass finished Highland beef. You just have to place an order and you’ll be enjoying delicious beef all winter long!
We sell our grass fed beef in bundles and quarters (as well as at the local Farmers’ Market). While we begin our beef sales in late March or early April, the majority of our spring beef production is reserved for the farmers’ market.
That means most of our beef bundles – including those headed to customers buying half a cow – will be delivered in the fall. Just in time to stock up for winter!
How Much Meat Will I Get if I Buy Half a Cow?
At McLaughlin Farm, we aim to produce steers that have a live weight of 1100 pounds. This is a reasonable size for Highland cattle and takes roughly 30 months to accomplish.
A Highland steer that weighs roughly 1100 pounds (live weight) will produce approximately 540-600 pounds of hanging weight (measured at the time of slaughter). The net processed weight is generally about 80% of the hanging weight, but how the side is processed has a big impact on the final result.
Note: because McLaughlin Farm dry ages all of its beef for 14-21 days, there is some shrinkage by the time the side is processed.
What Kind of Meat Will I Get if I Buy Half a Cow?
At McLaughlin Farm, we sell our grass fed beef in “mixed quarters” which include cuts from both the front and the back of the animal. Buying half a cow would result in buying two quarters.
Our usual cutting order includes the following steaks:
- Rib Steak,
- and Round Steak.
The roasts generally include:
- and Rolled-Rump.
Unwanted roasts can be ground if desired.
Buying Half a Cow: Typical Cuts and Quantities
- Steak 40-50 lbs
- Roasts 30-40 lbs
- Cubed Steak* 6-10 lbs
- Short-Ribs 4-6 lbs
- Ground Beef* 30-60 lbs
- Stew Meat* 6-10 lbs
- Soup Bones 4-8 lbs
Hanging weight is usually about 135 lbs. All of our meat is dry aged from 14 to 21 days, and is sold based upon the “hanging weight.” Customers can purchase more than one quarter at a time, but the price per hanging pound is the same.
*Net weight depends upon several variables.
We also have liver, heart, and tongue meat available upon request.
Place an Order: How to Buy Half a Cow
If you’re interested in buying half a cow (or even a smaller beef bundle or buying a quarter of a cow), we’re taking orders now!
A non-refundable deposit of $100/quarter (that would be $200 for anyone wanting to buy half a cow) is required to be put on our reservation list.
We’ll let you know when your organic, grass fed beef is headed to the processor. This is when we’ll find out what cuts of meat you prefer. You’ll need to make a second deposit of $200 per quarter ($400 for those buying half of a cow) at this time.
When your meat is ready, we’ll let you know, and the balance will be due upon delivery.
Do you have additional about buying half a cow? Or would you like to place an order? Fill out the form below and we’ll be sure to send you the information you need!