Right now we are taking orders for beef sides and quarters that will be available June through October.
If this is new to you, I understand the overwhelm. What does hanging weight mean? How much meat am I actually getting? When do I get it? Help?!?
This chart provides the details…
What is hanging weight?
When you buy bulk beef you are paying by the hanging weight.
The hanging weight is how much the carcass weights after the initial slaughter and processing. This means the weight after the hide, head, hooves, and organs have been removed.
Our anticipated hanging weight price this year is $4.25/lb for a side and $4.50/lb for a quarter.
How much meat am I taking home?
An average hanging weight for a JakoPure beef side is 300 pounds. Of that, only 60-65% is take home meat. The majority of the 40-45% “waste” is large bones and intestines. During the hanging/aging process the beef also shrinks about 4%, which accounts for some of the loss.
To sum it up, you are not taking home 300 pounds of meat from a beef side. You are receiving 60-65% of that which would be 170-225 pounds. Quarters would be half that amount.
When you’re buying a side or quarter you are paying approximately ground beef prices for all of the cuts.
If you are a family who only eats ground beef, it is cheaper for you to buy ground beef in the farm store.
What are processing fees?
You will pay Jako Farm for the meat, but you will also need to pay the butcher for their work.
This processing fee includes the killing, disposal of waste, butchering, freezing, and packaging. These costs combined average $1.15/lb of the hanging weight or $172 for a quarter or $345 for a side. This is a separate payment due to Yoder Meats.
Okay, this looks good. What’s next?
1. Click the button below to place your order for a side or a quarter of beef. We will email you sample cut instructions so you can be thinking about how to have your meat cut.
2. You can note a preferred time frame you would like to have the meat. We will do our best to accommodate your requests. If we assign you a side/quarter and you decline due to timing, your name will go to the bottom of the list.
3. Once your beef is at the butcher (Yoder Meats) this summer or fall we’ll send you an email with the hanging weight and total amount due to Jako Farm. Each animal is a different weight and therefore a different price.
4. You will call Yoder Meats and talk through cut instructions with them to get the exact cuts of meat to fit your family. If you want bones saved, you need to specify that. Organ meats are not included with a side or quarter as it is not included in the hanging weight.
5. When the meat is packaged and frozen about two week later, Yoder Meats will let you know that it’s ready for pick up! You have approximately one week to pick it up. After that, freezer storage space can be rented, if needed.
6. You’ll have two payments: one to Jako Farm for the cost of the meat and one to Yoder Meats for the cost of processing. Jako Farm only accepts cash or check for bulk beef payment. A 3% fee will be added if you wish to pay with a credit card.
7. If this is your first time ordering, we request a $100 deposit shortly after ordering. The deposit will be applied to the purchase of your meat unless you cancel or decrease the size of your order.
Still more questions?
Check out our Beef Side and Quarter FAQs on our website.
While this process does take time and planning, there is not a better feeling than having a freezer full of meat for your family.