We are now taking deposits for 2017! Click on the selections you see on the right of the page to find out more about each size beef order.
Our beef is 100% grass fed and grass finished. Our cows are not fed a diet high in processed and concentrated proteins, they receive fresh pasture every day of the growing season and are sustained on dry hay and fermented hay in the winter months. See Our Practices for more info on how we raise our animals.
Beef gets priced by the carcass weight, which is the weight of the product as it hangs, before it is de-boned and packaged. We will be offering our beef in sides, quarters (split side), eighths, and family freezer boxes. Each option would provide you with a mixed sampling of burger meat, steaks, roasts, and stew meat. You are not sold a front or back quarter but an assortment from the whole animal.
An example of how side costs are calculated for grass fed beef:
Assume you purchase a quarter side of a steer with a "live weight" of 1000 pounds. Once the steer is processed we are left with the "hanging weight" or "carcass weight" of the animal, which is approximately 60% of the total live weight. Two Coves Farm charges you by the pound based on this hanging weight. Assuming a hanging weight charge of $4.75 /lb for about 600 pounds hanging weight, a whole animal would cost $2850. So if you are ordering a quarter (or a "half-side"), the total you pay to Two Coves Farm is $712.50. Butchering charges, cutting and wrapping are included. So for 80 to 90 pounds of meat (there is some loss in weight at the butcher for de-boning and removing fat) you are paying between $8 and $9 /lb. This price is significantly less than than our retail prices for cut meats. If you order a side or whole animal then all of the costs and amount of meat will be doubled or quadrupled accordingly. Please note that the figures above vary 10-15% for each animal.
Storage and Freezer Space
When you pick up your meat it will be frozen and packaged by the individual cut. A good rule of thumb to help understand the freezer space you will need is that one cubic foot of freezer space will hold about 25 pounds of meat. The typical freezer capacity on a side-by-side refrigerator-freezer unit is about 9.5 cubic feet. The capacity of a large upright freezer averages about 21 cubic feet. A quarter will fill 2-3 “banana boxes”. Banana boxes are about 9” tall x 16” wide and 24” long. So you will need about 6 cubic feet of freezer space to store a quarter and about 3 cubic feet to store an eighth. Another way to think of it is that a quarter will fill 2-3 “banana boxes”. Banana boxes are about 9” tall x 16” wide and 24” long.