If you're interested in stocking your freezer with 6-12 months worth of beef (or of course you can split it up amongst friends and family) ordering a half or whole cows processed to your specifications can represent a great value. All of our steers are butchered at a family owned processing facility in Rabun County.
Selling a half cow or whole cow is priced based on the hanging weight (it's ok if you're unfamiliar with this term, we're happy to explain it!) charged at $4.25/lb which is inclusive of all processing costs, aging, freezing fresh and vacuum sealing. The price would drop from $4.25/lb to $4.00/lb if you choose to have your beef sealed in freezer paper. Our average hanging weights typically come in around 750lb and then you should have between 400lb-475lb of take home product depending on how you choose to have your animal broken down.
For example, if you choose bone in ribeyes, Porterhouses, bone in chuck roast and bone in shoulder roast your take home weight will climb much higher although you'll still be getting the same amount of beef (just more bone). Another benefit to ordering a whole/half is that you also get soup bones to make your own beef stock as well as some of the more creative cuts such as liver, heart, tongue and oxtail. These cuts are collectively referred to as the offal and with some creativity and proper preparation they can make a great meal!
The easiest way to look at the value proposition of buying a whole/half is that you'll end up paying approximately the same price you would for our ground beef for the full poundage that is taken home but within that you'll also be getting filets, NY Strips, Ribeyes, Fajita meat. In short you basically get to pay our normal price for ground beef and also get premium steaks too for the price of ground beef.
Our next wave of processing steers will be in mid June and reservations are beginning to fill up - we ask for a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold your animal and then once the hanging weight is verified by the processor the balance would be due before pick up.
The sequence for an order would be this...
- We answer any and all questions you have about the process
- Pay a deposit to guarantee your animal
- We work together to fill out your cut sheet which is how we communicate with our processor how you'd like the steer broken down
- Hanging weight is verified by processor and balance of payment is due
- Fresh frozen sealed beef is available for you to pick up directly from Blalock Meats in Rabun Gap, Ga.