Cost to Process a Whole Beef

Our cattle our pasture raised for over two years and have an average hanging weight of 400-525 lbs. A whole beef will yield approximately 300-425 lbs of meat. There are many variables that play into the actual finished weight such as the size of the beef, and how you choose to have the meat processed and packaged.

The processor's fees are in addition to the actual purchase of the beef, and those fees are approximately $ .80 per pound plus additional fees for organs, sausage, etc. These fees must be paid directly to them at the time of pickup. Please be aware that the meat will be frozen and you will need to bring coolers, so plan accordingly when picking it up. A whole beef will typically fit into 4 legal size file boxes. 

Here is the breakdown of the cost:

What you pay to Saddle Ridge Farm - $4.25/lb on the hang weight
Average hang weight 400 – 520 lbs
+ Plus +
What you pay the Processor/Butcher

You will be responsible for the processing fees which will be invoiced separately after your meat has been packaged and properly weighed.

Processing breakdown is as follows for pork:

$.80/lb fee on hang weight
$50 Kill fee
$.15/lb label and vacuum seal fee on finish weight

Example on 425lb Hang Weight

(1)    Our Charge of $4.25/lb x 425 = $1806.25
(2)    Processor Charge
a.    Butcher Fee – 425lbs x $.80 = $340
b.    Labeling/Vacuum Seal 300lbs x $.15 = $45
c.    Kill Fee - $50

Total cost from Processor = $435
Total cost from Saddle Ridge = $1806.25
Total = $2,241.25**

** Estimate Only! Based on weight and how you choose to process a beef. 

For ½ of a beef, just cut the total price in half.