The Wisconsin Grass-fed Beef Co-op sells wholesale product, direct to consumers, in 1/2 or whole animals by hanging weight. Hanging weight, also called "Hot Carcass" weight is the actual weight of the animal shortly after it is slaughtered, minus skin, head, and most internal organs. Processing and delivery charges are included in the total WGBC price/lb. Some producers advertise a cheap hanging weight price, which can make your purchase sound like a real bargain, though most people are used to seeing the weight of the meat after it is processed. Make sure you understand what you're ordering. Ask what kind of yield you can expect from the hanging weight; in other words, how much meat you'll be putting in your freezer. It should be approximately 60-75 percent of the hanging weight depending on the cutting instructions you choose and the items you accept or decline.
Here is an example:
A 1050lb, live, finished animal will result in approximately:
- 630 lb hanging weight carcass, which will result in approximately:
- 400 - 475 lbs of finished, table ready meat.
The actual finished weight you receive will depend on the cutting instructions you choose. If you have everything deboned, and decline your soup/dog bones, organs, etc your yield will be closer to 60% of hanging carcass weight. If you take everything you have coming, and include bone in all your cuts, your yield could be as high as 80% of hanging carcass weight. Regardless of cutting instructions, there will also always be a "Shrink" or water weight loss, as the carcass hangs and losses moisture.
The size of your carcass may vary but the yield percentages will usually remain in the 60-75 % range.
Pricing: Pricing for a whole steer is $4.29 per lb hanging weight, yielding an approximate $6/lb finished weight price.
Pricing for a 1/2 steer is $4.49 per lb hanging weight, yielding an approximate $6.50/lb finished weight price
Unlike many farm direct programs, all costs of processing, packaging and delivery to your home are included in our price.
If you would like to reserve a 1/2 or whole steer please make out a $200 check and send to WGBC, PO Box 269, Viroqua, WI 54665.