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The Complete Guide to Buying Bulk Beef

It's simple. If you want to serve wholesome, delicious meals, start with exceptional ingredients. Beef well cared for and raised on pasture, without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics are happier, healthier animals. The result? Better beef. Information on how an animal was raised simply cannot be found on a label at the grocery store. Find a farm that you trust to purchase beef direct from. You will taste the difference.

Buying in bulk direct from a farm is the best way to get exceptional quality meat at the best price. For more reasons to buy bulk beef head to our blog post on our Top 5 Reasons to Buy Bulk Beef. Below is our complete guide to buying bulk beef direct from a farm.

How much should I buy?

The figures for live and hanging weights are reflective of OUR farm (Gander Family Farms). This will be heavily impacted by the breed of cattle your farmer produces as well as their feeding/finishing practices. Even within our program, there will be fluctuation as each animal is different. These are our averages just to give you an idea of what to expect.

How much will I get back?

All figures above are for a quarter of a beef. For a beef half, double the quantity of cuts shown on the chart and the freezer space needed.

How much does it cost?

When buying a whole/half/quarter beef you have two costs. You will pay the farmer for the beef and the butcher for custom cutting and wrapping the beef to your specifications. Both are charged based on the hanging (carcass) weight of the steer. Below are our average hanging weights, pricing, and typical processing costs.

Avg Hanging Weights


Avg Hanging Weight

Whole Beef

800 LBs

Beef Half

400 LBs

Beef Quarter

200 LBs

2023 GFF Beef Prices: *Subject to Change*


Price/Lb x Hanging Weight

Whole Beef


Beef Half


Beef Quarter


Beef Processing Cost: (Paid to Butcher)

Approximately: $.75/lb x hanging weight

Total Investment:

For example, on a beef half with a 400 lb hanging weight you will pay approximately: $3.70/lb ($2.95 + $.75) x 400 = $1,480.

Typically on a 400 lb half you will get back around 250 lbs of trimmed and packaged beef. That means you are filling your freezer with premium steaks, roasts, and ground beef for right about $6.00/lb. That is an incredible deal!

How do I reserve my beef?

To reserve bulk beef with Gander Family Farms, fill out the form below, send us an email ( or give us a call at 608-364-4767. We can update you on our next available time frame and answer any questions you may have.


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