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Old 04-09-2012, 03:30 PM   #1
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This is more of a heads up ... We had a friend to take some "cows" (angus) to market this past week, the price paid ... $1.95 per pound on the hoof. (right now he is a very happy farmer. ) just something to think about and plan for...

Now to compare to the last cows that he sent to market that went for .85 cents per pound.

On its own that is spooky ... I have a different friend that lost his pasture lease and had to take some of his longhorns to market... the price paid 800. ~ 850. per cow. (that is almost double around here.)

This does not bode well for the shopper ...



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I almost can't afford beef at the grocery store now. If on the hoof price went up that much it will tripple in the store.



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right now there are BOGO offers at a few of the grocery chains for bottom round steak/roasts & the price works out to about $2/lb

I buy locally by the 1/2 steer... maybe I'll go buy a whole steer to avoid that price spike

or maybe I'll just try for more deer.

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I buy locally by the 1/2 steer... maybe I'll go buy a whole steer to avoid that price spike
The_Blob, how many are you feeding at your house and how long does 1/2 a steer last? Just looking for an average or best guess. Also, any guesses on how much freezer space would be needed? There are only 3 of us (one is a teen boy) and trying to decide if this is the way to go. Thanks.
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The_Blob, how many are you feeding at your house and how long does 1/2 a steer last? Just looking for an average or best guess. Also, any guesses on how much freezer space would be needed? There are only 3 of us (one is a teen boy) and trying to decide if this is the way to go. Thanks.
That's pretty hard to figure because (a) we eat a LOT(almost every meal) of (various) meat, (b) we have a couple of BIG family get-togethers (50+ people), and (c) we share it with (variable no.) people that fall on hard times.

We usually get about 300lbs, some of which are be things a lot of people don't care for, such as tongue, brain and/or sweetbreads
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such as tongue, brain and/or sweetbreads



Thanks for the information. I will check with my local butcher shop and on their price rates.
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I almost can't afford beef at the grocery store now. If on the hoof price went up that much it will tripple in the store.
I don't know when the last time we bought beef was. We eat mostly chicken and deer. I bought DW a meat grinder so she can process chicken to use in recipes that call for ground beef. I've been giving serious thought to raising rabbits for meat, but the daughters like being removed from where their food comes from when it comes to meat.
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I buy locally by the 1/2 steer... maybe I'll go buy a whole steer to avoid that price spike
I remember my dad use to buy beef that way when I was younger. Does yours come already packaged or do you have to do that yourself?
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I don't know when the last time we bought beef was. We eat mostly chicken and deer. I bought DW a meat grinder so she can process chicken to use in recipes that call for ground beef. I've been giving serious thought to raising rabbits for meat, but the daughters like being removed from where their food comes from when it comes to meat.
same here. no beef. mostly deer, fish, chicken and rabbit. Not even gonna pay those prices. No beef in over 4 years.
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The_Blob, how many are you feeding at your house and how long does 1/2 a steer last? Just looking for an average or best guess. Also, any guesses on how much freezer space would be needed? There are only 3 of us (one is a teen boy) and trying to decide if this is the way to go. Thanks.
With a teen boy, I'd guess a half would last almost a year depending on how much you eat each week.

We used to get a small half (under 300 lbs hanging weight) before our son grew but now we get an entire cow (600-800# hanging) but that lasts closer to 18 months.

I paid $2.00 or $2.25 per pound hanging weight + $10 kill fee and $0.40 per pound for cut/wrap/freeze.

As a ballpark, 300# hanging weight will use approx. 10 cu/ft of freezer space. Do NOT use a frost-free freezer.


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