Missouri Grass Fed Meat For You to Buy - Wholesale Beef by Quarters
(This description is for our own local Missouri production of "custom-exempt" wholesale meat production. But should be close to what you can get anywhere in the country - as long as it's grass-fed.)
What you get with Worstell Farms beef is based on how we raise them:
- Only fresh grass and water - all they can eat.
- No growth hormones or additives. They get needed salt and minerals as supplements.
- Antibiotics only when they prescribed by a doctor (vet) to cure an illness.
- Our beef has been selectively bred to thrive on grass, not grain.
- Constant humane treatment in natural environments.
We sell by the wholesale beef quarter, half, or whole.Meaning that we have the cow processed according to your preferences and what quarter is available for you. The processor calls you to see what cuts you want. (If you want all the best cuts, it's better to buy a half and then share it with family and guests.
The average quarter from our beef will vary from beef to beef. There is no way to guarantee a set amount of beef from each quarter unless you buy it by the pound in a supermarket or farmers' market. Buying by the quarter or half (or whole) is wholesale - which is where you get the bargains in buying beef. A quarter can vary from over 50lbs. to nearly 70lbs. of beef, to be honest. Our momma cows are different and not identical, neither are their calves. Only the bull is the same for all of them. Grazing conditions vary from year to year and this affects size as well as subtle taste differences.
Packers have been working for years to make perfectly identical beef cuts. Doing this also lost a lot of the flavor and nutritional value which is found in traditionally grass fed beef. While you can go to a market and come back with how ever many steaks and pounds of hamburger you want, you will pay at leat 75% more than buying directly from a farmer. (Some markets are triple or more.)
Again, we are required by law to sell the animal before it is processed. We provide the free service of delivering your beef to the processor. Our processor is trustworthy and ensures all the parts get to you that they can get off your animal. We cannot guarantee a specific amount of beef per quarter, nor specific cuts.
Our grass fed, smaller-frame animals are lighter in weight, but bigger in flavor.
We've found that an average freezer (stand-alone or chest-type, not your typical refrigerator-freezer combo) will hold a quarter or half easily and give a couple or small family enough to last them just over half a year, depending on how many parties they host. As we currently ship our limited amount of beef only during the summer, please ensure you order enough quarters to not run out.
The reason for quarters is in the way beef is cut (and you can see the parts charts at What Beef Cuts Are). The steaks are mostly in the front half and these are the most popular cuts. While you can have almost anything made into a steak these days, it won't mean that they won't be tough if they come from a part of the animal which gets a lot of use. (My personal taste says the beef made into cube steak should have been burger all along.)
Again, don't expect to get cuts which are only available on the front or rear quarter, unless you've specifically requested that quarter and it is available on your animal.
The processor will call you when your beef is cured to get your cut list. Let them know any special requests at that time.