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The Wisconsin Grass-fed Beef Cooperative sells whole beef animals by hanging weight. 100% Grass-fed Beef that is cryovac-sealed, frozen and delivered to your door!
Hanging weight, also called “Hot Carcass” weight is the actual weight of the animal shortly after it is slaughtered, minus skin, head, and most internal organs. Processing and delivery charges are included in the total WGBC price/lb. What you receive (the “yield”) should be approximately 60-65 percent of the hanging weight, depending on the cutting instructions you choose and the items you accept or decline.
An example/average based on past experience, beginning with a 1,250-lb live, “finished” animal:
– 750-lb (whole) hanging weight carcass, which becomes…
– 450-550 lbs of finished, table-ready meat.
The actual finished weight you receive will depend on the size of your particular animal, and on your cutting instructions. If you have everything deboned, and decline your soup/dog bones, organs, etc., your yield will be closer to 60%. If you take everything you have coming, and choose bone-in cuts, your yield could be as high as 75-80%. Regardless of cutting instructions, there will also always be a “shrink” or water weight loss, as the carcass hangs for 10 days prior to being cut, during which time it loses moisture (but gains flavor and tenderness).
The size of your carcass may vary but the yield percentages generally remain in the 60-65% range. A rough guide to calculating freezer space needed is that 30lbs of packaged meat takes up ~1 cubic foot of freezer space. So, a whole beef that yields 450-550 lbs will require 15-18.5 cubic feet of freezer space.
Pricing for a whole steer is $4.99 per lb hanging weight. After we receive your deposit online, we will schedule your whole steer to be processed. When your beef is ready for delivery (or pick-up), you will be sent a second invoice for the remaining balance.
Custom orders will be cut using the WGBC standard cutting instructions, unless otherwise specified.
Our standard cutting instructions can be viewed by clicking HERE.
If you prefer to submit your own custom cutting instructions, please click HERE.
**All costs of processing, packaging and delivery/pick up are included in our price.**
To order, you will be required to submit a $400 (for a whole beef) deposit online. After the deposit is collected, we will contact you to schedule delivery and any additional information. A second invoice for the remaining balance will be due upon delivery or pick up of the meat.
Please note: Delivery of custom whole and half animals is only available in SE Wisconsin. You can pick your order up (for a $50 discount), or if you live in a nearby state or are passing through, please contact us for other pick-up options.