We will take reservations for quarters of beef in September 2012.
We have a beef cow/calf herd on our farm. We turn their manure into BD compost for the CSA gardens. Each September, interested members reserve split quarters or halves of beef for late November or December delivery.
Calves pasture with their mothers on lush rotational grass-legume-prairie pastures. They are never implanted with growth hormones, treated with antibiotics, or vaccinated for disease. Our herd is closed and healthy.
After weaning, young stock animals have free access to farm-raised hay, and are hand-fed small amounts of farm-raised ground oats and barley for energy (carbs) during sub-zero temperatures. The following spring, they go back out to pasture.
A month before steers are ready to be butchered, we hand-feed them a finish ration of green hay along with ground oats and barley. This infuses the meat with outstanding flavor and tenderness while preserving its extra lean-ness.
Our beef is processed at the Perham Co-op Locker plant. This facility is super-clean and honest. We are guaranteed to get our meat back. After butchering, the meat hangs in a climate-controlled cooler for seven to ten days. Then it is custom cut, wrapped and flash frozen. We deliver beef orders to CSA pick-up sites.
A split quarter is a nice assortment of steaks, roasts and burger taken from both the front and hind quarters. When you order, you complete a simple form indicating how you want your meat cut and wrapped. For example, the round can be cut into basic round steak, stew meat, stir-fry strips, tenderized cube steaks, or ground into burger. Liver, heart, tongue, and meaty soup bones are available, in addition to T-Bone, sirloin and rib (eye) steaks.
Price is based on the hanging weight of your quarter or half plus the cost of processing. Each steer is different in weight, so the final price varies from steer to steer. Processing averages $85 per beef quarter. In 2010, total costs for a split quarter of beef ranged from $420 for the smallest steer to $520 per quarter for one large steer.
If you have further questions, please call or email. Ordering details are ready, email for details.