How to Order
Local, grass-finished Virginia beef | Humanely raised and harvested
WE ARE NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR 2017!
We only harvest our steers when the grasses and clover are growing, so we are taking pre-orders now that we have our harvest dates, which are from May to November.
Please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond with one detailing the process for purchasing our beef, including the cut sheet for you to fill out.
Lots of our customers do a “cow share” with other families and friends if a half steer is too much beef for them. We often sell out quickly, so we operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
We will have some individual cuts of beef available here at the farm after we harvest our first steers in May. We’ll post some prices then or you can contact us for prices and availability.
Thanks very much for your interest in Prospect Farm beef.
Our dry-aged beef is USDA inspected, vacuum-packed and frozen for freshness.
We sell our beef as halves and wholes with some cuts available from the farm store.
To insure it maintains its high quality, we do not ship our beef, but you can pick it up at the farm (it will also give you a chance to meet us and see where your food comes from), or we can sometimes make arrangements for delivery to you for a nominal fee.
| A non-refundable deposit is required upon placement of your order of a half or whole. We accept checks and money orders by mail.
The 2017 price is $5.00 per pound of hanging weight for a half steer.
“Hanging weight” is the carcass weight after the hide, hooves, etc. have been removed. The example below is based on the average weight of last year’s steers at harvest:
Average hanging carcass weight: 310 to 335 pounds @ $5.00 per pound = $1,550 to $1,675 per half
Average yield of cut and packaged beef: 160-190 lbs. (this example includes a mix of boneless and bone-in cuts like filet mignon, Porterhouse steaks, short ribs, etc.)
We won’t provide an inventory of the individual cuts you receive, but we will do all we can to be sure you receive the cuts you order. The $5.00 per pound fee includes the price of the half steer, delivery to the processor, dry-aging for 21 days, cutting, vacuum packaging, labeling, and freezing, and we will bring your beef back to the farm in sturdy cardboard boxes for you to pick up at a convenient time.
Individual cuts will be available at the farm once we have harvested our first steer of the season. Please note, not all individual cuts are available all the time. Your best option is to buy a half or whole for you and your family or friends to be sure you always have lean, healthy beef available when you want it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many pounds of meat are in a half and whole beef?
Because each animal is unique and final weights can vary and you choose which cuts you want (bone-in cuts like Porterhouse steaks weigh more than boneless cuts of course), we can only give you estimates of how much edible meat will come from each:
1 half: approximately 160-190 pounds of beef
Whole: approximately 310-335 pounds of beef
How much does a typical family eat?
Families of 2 – 4 people who eat about 3 pounds of beef a week will go through a half beef in about a year. A whole beef is more appropriate for larger families or if you want to “cow pool” and go in with family and friends. (Please be sure you agree on who gets what cuts before you order! We will provide the entire order and you are responsible for dividing up the meat after purchase.)
How much freezer space is required?
For a half: 8 cubic feet
For a whole: 16 cubic feet
Actual freezer space requirements will depend upon the cuts you receive
How long will it last in my freezer?
Our beef is vacuum-packed and will last at least one year.
How soon can I pick up my beef if I order a half or whole?
When you order today you are reserving an animal in our herd. As a small farm, we do not carry large amounts of processed inventory and we want to insure that your beef is a fresh as possible before it is frozen. We will let you know as soon as possible how long it will take to process your order.