The rule of thumb is one cubic foot of freezer space for every 35 – 40 pounds of packaged meat. A quarter of beef will easily fit into a 5 -7 cubic foot chest freezer. A half beef needs about 8 cubic feet. You should plan for at least 16-17 cu.ft. freezer space for a whole beef.
Then, how much does it cost for a half of beef?
The cost is $3.50-3.65/lb hanging weight, depending on the amount. Again, this does not include processing, which runs about $0.65 per pound.
What cuts of meat can you get from half a cow?
Here's our standard cuts of beef list when you purchase a quarter or half:
- Ground Beef.
- Steaks: Filet Steak. Ribeye Steak. Sirloin Steak. T-Bone Steak. Skirt Steak. Strip Steak. Flank Steak.
- Roasts. Chuck Roast. Arm Roast. Round Roast. Rump Roast.
- Stew Meat.
- Kabob Meat.
- Beef Short Ribs.
- Beef Back Ribs.
How much does it cost to buy a cow and have it butchered?
The cut and wrap in my (Seattle) area costs $0.55 per pound hanging weight plus $85 to kill. The last steer we butchered was just less than 700 pounds so it cost $470. So we figure it costs about $2000 to get a freezer full of grass fed, organic, sustainable beef that we raise on our own.