Grass Finished Beef - Quarter, Half, Whole

About our Beef ...

Cattle are the gentle giants of our farm each with a distinct and subtle personality.  We constantly more the cows across the farm, to provide them with the highest quality grasses and clovers that they need to mature quickly with maximum nutrient density and balanced marbeling (Omega 3/6 ratio).  Our cows live gentle lives, out on pasture and are never fed grains.

Purchasing in bulk is the best way to enjoy Fertile Pastures beef at a discount vs purchasing by the cut.    We raise our and finish our beef on grass, no grains here!    The end result is a leaner, more nutrient dense cut of meat that is healthier for you to eat.

In the fall of 2017 we will have a few 1/4 or 1/2 sides of beef available.    Your spot can be held by purchasing a non-refundable deposit in the checkout below.    The remainder of the purchase price will be due prior to pickup.

What happens when we take your order for a quarter/half or whole beef?

  • When we take your order for a quarter/half or whole beef, we will give you a date when it will go to the butcher.
  • We will work with you to determine the most appropriate cuts of meat and help you fill out the cut sheet with the butcher.
  • When the processing date arrives we will deliver the animal to the butcher. 
  • Butchering and aging of the beef will take around 15 business days.  
  •   You will pick up the meat at the processor, and at that time, we ask that you pay them for processing and also write a separate check to Fertile Pastures for the beef
  • Home delivery is available for an added fee.

What will your beef cost? 

The cost is $4.20/lb hanging weight, again, this does not include processing, which runs about $0.55 per pound.  The hanging weight is the weight of the carcass, before it is processed into individual cuts.  Your take home weight of meat will be about 25%-30% less depending on how you have the meat cut.

Average hanging weights:

Quarter:  130-170 lbs  = approximately $500-750 for the meat, and about $75-100 for the processing.

Half: 260-340 lbs  = approximately $1000-$1500 for the meat, and about $150-200 for the processing.

Whole:  520-680 lbs = approximately $2000-3000 for the meat, and about $300-$400 for the processing.

What you will receive with your order:

The table below gives approximate amounts of each cut that you will receive.  Your order may vary slightly and you may opt for different cuts.  For instance, you may prefer T-bone and Porterhouse steaks rather than NY strip and Tenderloin. You may also wish to have some cuts turned into ground beef, such as the brisket or short ribs.

Individual Cut 


Half Beef

Whole Beef

Chuck Roast

Rump Roast

Sirloin Tip

Round Steak

Ribeye Steak

NY Strip Steak

Sirloin Steak


Flank Steak

Skirt Steak


Short Ribs

Soup bones


Ground Beef

Total amount of beef

Approximate Freezer space needed​​​​​​

10-12 lbs

3 lbs

3 lbs

3-4 lbs

2.5-3.5 lbs

2.5 lbs

2 lbs

1.5 lbs

.5 lbs

1.6 lbs

3 lbs

4 lbs

4 lbs

1 lb

45-50 lbs

84-93 lbs


3 cubic feet 


20-24 lbs

5-6 lbs 

5-6 lbs

6-8 lbs

5-7 lbs

5 lbs

4 lbs

3 lbs

1 lbs

3.2 lbs

6 lbs

8 lbs

8 lbs

2 lbs

90-100 lbs

 168-186 lbs  


6 cubic feet 


40-48 lbs

10-12 lbs

10-12 lbs

12-16 lbs

10-14 lbs

10  lbs

8 lbs

6 lbs

2 lbs

6.4 lbs

12 lbs

16 lbs

16 lbs

4 lbs

180-200 lbs

 350-400 lbs


 12 cubic feet