What Do You Get When You Buy a Side of Beef?

In case you’ve ever wanted to know what you get when you buy a side of beef, here it is:

Keep in mind, each cow is different just like each person is different. This is a grass-fed cow, which produces less poundage than a grain-finished cow. Also, keep in mind that my farmer gave me more liver because apparently nobody wants that. No clue why, it’s some of the most nutritious meat you can buy.

Side of Beef Number of Packages Pounds
Liver 7 8.94
Heart 1 2.965
Brisket 3 10.125
Marrow Bones 1 1.38
Soup Bones 1 4.17
Sirloin Tip 3 7.725
Boneless Stew 14 16.075
Ribeye 13 6.47
Cube Steak 4 4.345
Sirloin Steak 7 5.55
Flank Steak 11 7.18
Tritip roast 2 4.655
Filet Mignon 12 5.155
Stirfry 6 6.735
NY Strip 13 5.916
Chuck Roast 4 10.285
Londoin Broil 3 7.55
Ground Beef 80 84.955
Shoulder Medallion  1 0.61
Eye of Round 3 4.215
Skirt Steak 2 0.97
ribs 6 15.595
TOTAL 195 221.566

Also, we saved a little over $100. Here is the price that these cuts retail for at this particular farm. These cuts are actually way more expensive at a lot of places, especially retail like Whole Foods.

Side of Beef Pounds Number of Packages Usual Price/Lb Total Price
Liver 8.94 7 3 26.82
Heart 2.965 1 3 8.895
Brisket 10.125 3 7 70.875
Marrow Bones 1.38 1 2.5 3.45
Soup Bones 4.17 1 2.5 10.425
Sirloin Tip 7.725 3 7 54.075
Boneless Stew 16.075 14 6.5 104.4875
Ribeye 6.47 13 15 97.05
Cube Steak 4.345 4 6.5 28.2425
Sirloin Steak 5.55 7 10.5 58.275
Flank Steak 7.18 11 9 64.62
Tritip roast 4.655 2 9 41.895
Filet Mignon 5.155 12 19 97.945
Stirfry 6.735 6 7 47.145
NY Strip 5.916 13 15 88.74
Chuck Roast 10.285 4 7 71.995
Londoin Broil 7.55 3 7 52.85
Ground Beef 84.955 80 6.5 552.2075
Shoulder Medallion  0.61 1 10.5 6.405
Eye of Round 4.215 3 7 29.505
Skirt Steak 0.97 2 9 8.73
ribs 15.595 6 3 46.785
TOTAL 221.566 195   1571.4175

So, as you can see, this beef retails for $1571.42, and we paid $1450. Not bad! Saved $121.42.

Here are some wonderful charties. I love charts.

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Aaand that’s all I got for now. As you can see, a side of beef is:

1) a lot of ground beef

2) saves a fair amount of money, about 8% of the cost

3) ensure you will have a stock full of beef at all times (until the next one)

4) is really fun to post pictures of and unload

5) is really fun to blog about.

The end! Thanks for stopping by.

-Samantha

3 thoughts on “What Do You Get When You Buy a Side of Beef?”

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  2. Girl! Love your breakdown and I don’t know where you live but holy smokes! We charge $3.50 -4 lb for our grass fed & finished beef. I’m afraid that the costs you’re showing will terrify some people from even looking for a side of beef.
    My suggestion to those considering grass fed beef is to ask around. Prices vary wildly by area but also by farmer.

    1. Good Point Corinne! I live in North Carolina, and this is definitely way cheaper than you can get at the store OR from a local farmer! Where is it that you can buy beef for $3-$4/lb?! I may just have to take a drive up there!

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