Thinking about buying a side of beef but don’t know where to start? The guide below explains what you’re getting yourself into when you order a whole, half, quarter, or eighth beef package. For an explanation of live weight, hanging weight, and boxed weight, check out Know Your Weights.
Important: The final price for a bulk beef order is determined by the final weight of your meat. Once the meat is weighed, Hansen Acres will charge the final price, less your deposit. No shipping for whole and half beefs! Whether you have a large family or go in together with a couple of other families, a whole beef is not only the best value, it provides you with the most versatility for your menu planning and is fully customizable.
For an average size beef, you’ll get about 395 pounds boxed weight (550 pounds hanging weight). You will need about 13-14 cubic feet of freezer space.
A Whole Bulk Beef Package standard cuts include approximately
60 lbs chuck (roast and/or steak)
25 lbs rib steak/prime rib
10 lbs rump roast
30 lbs round (roast and/or steaks)
16 lbs sirloin tip (roast and/or steaks)
16 lbs top sirloin (roast and/or steaks)
6 lbs tenderloin (roast and/or steak)
28 lbs steak (T-Bone and/or NY Strip)
6 lbs flank/skirt steak
6 lbs brisket
8 lbs fajita strips
16 lbs stew meat
12 lbs short ribs
8 lbs soup bones
2 lbs oxtail
112 lbs ground
10 lbs of bones (knuckle, marrow).
Half Bulk Beef Package
Another excellent option for stocking your freezer or sharing with friends and family, a half beef package typically weighs around 198 pounds boxed weight (275 pounds hanging weight). You will need abou 6-7 cubic feet of freezer space. Half orders are also customizable.
A standard cut includes approximately
30 lbs chuck (roast and/or steaks)
12 lbs rib steak and/or prime rib
5 lbs rump roast
15 lbs round (roast and/or steaks)
8 lbs sirloin tip (roast and/or steaks)
8 lbs top sirloin (roast and/or steaks)
3 lbs tenderloin (roast and/or steaks)
14 lbs steaks (T-Bone and/or NY Strip)
3 lbs flank/Skirt Steak
3 lbs brisket
4 lbs soup bones
4 lbs fajita steak strips
4 lbs boneless stew meat
6 lbs short ribs,
1 lb oxtail
56 lbs ground beef
5 lbs of bones (knuckle, marrow).
Quarter Beef Package a.k.a. Split Half
A quarter beef package (Split Half) will keep a family of two eating beef for most of the year. The average boxed weight is 100 pounds (137 pounds hanging weight). Typically you will need about 3.5 cubic feet of freezer space. (Standard-cut only; no custom cutting.)
Standard cuts for quarter beef packages include approximately