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    With this area I can help! I moved to the city from the country (where my
    family still lives). I can tell you how to get meat cheap and help out at
    the same time. Contact your local County Extension Service or 4-H office.
    Every year kids around the country raise animals to show in the local fairs.
    They HAVE to sell these animals to be slaughtered at the end of the shows.
    Most counties have a sale of these carcasses (what is the meat after the
    animal is slaughtered. If the animal didn't place well in the show, they do
    not get to sell their animal in the "Fair Sale". So they usually panic and
    try to find someone to buy the meat. I know that my last beef cost me $1 per
    pound, including processing. I bought the animal and the processor called me
    to ask how I wanted it packed (how many pounds of gr. beef per pack ect.)
    and what cuts I wanted. Even made me some summer sausage! I just love the
    fact that I can sit down to dinner with a T-Bone Steak and know that I only
    paid $1 a pound AND helped a child recover some money to buy another animal
    next year! This is also a great way to buy lamb, pork ect. They have to sell
    them all.
    Charlotte

    > I am seriously thinking about getting like half a cow or how ever they do
    > that and have it cut and packaged so I won't have to buy as much meet
    wkly. The
    > only problem I have no idea of even how to do this.~~~Tammy

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    Thanks so much Charlotte I will call the 4-H next wk to talk to them about
    it. ~~~~Tammy

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    Date: Thu May 29, 2003 1:51 pm
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    Charlotte, I didn't ask the original question about buying bulk meat,
    but I really appreciate this info. My question is how many lbs of meat
    would half a beef critter be? I have a small upright freezer and
    I'd love to do this but I'm not sure if my freezer could hold it.

    Nancy Ann

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    My folks were very heavy supports of 4-H kids and their raising of animals.
    My parents were living on a farm and my Dad raised both Hereford cattle and
    pigs. But, my mother particularly loved to eat lamb. They always went to the
    4-H auction and bought one of them at the auction. But, my Mom, kind of had a
    bad experience one day. The little girl that had raised the lamb was standing
    right there and as soon as they purchased the lamb, Mom turned to her, without
    thinking of what she was saying, and said "We really are going to enjoy your
    lamb." The little girl started bawling and My Mom felt so awful. She really
    watched what she said the next year.

    Nadine
    Date: Thu May 29, 2003 2:24 pm
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    I'm not Charlotte, but.... It depends on the beef! LOL! Some beef dresses out
    (this is after the butchering and the gutting, but before the cutting up) at 200
    lbs and others at 600 lbs. I think the largest beef I have ever seen dressed
    out at 675 lbs. It just depends on the bred of the critter and how old it was
    (yearlings or two year olds are smaller than 4 or 5 year olds, steers are larger
    than cows).

    If there is a question about whether or not your freezer will hold it, you can
    still make a savings by purchasing the 4H beef, having it butchered, then
    sharing the beef and the cost with family or friends. If you have to share it
    with several friends! It will still be cheaper than buying beef at the store.

    Emily Y.

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    With this area I can help! I moved to the city from the country
    (where my
    family still lives). I can tell you how to get meat cheap and help
    out at
    the same time. Contact your local County Extension Service or 4-H
    office.
    Every year kids around the country raise animals to show in the local
    fairs.
    They HAVE to sell these animals to be slaughtered at the end of the
    shows.
    Most counties have a sale of these carcasses (what is the meat after
    the
    animal is slaughtered. If the animal didn't place well in the show,
    they do
    not get to sell their animal in the "Fair Sale". So they usually
    panic and
    try to find someone to buy the meat. I know that my last beef cost me
    $1 per
    pound, including processing. I bought the animal and the processor
    called me
    to ask how I wanted it packed (how many pounds of gr. beef per pack
    ect.)
    and what cuts I wanted. Even made me some summer sausage! I just love
    the
    fact that I can sit down to dinner with a T-Bone Steak and know that
    I only
    paid $1 a pound AND helped a child recover some money to buy another
    animal
    next year! This is also a great way to buy lamb, pork ect. They have
    to sell
    them all.
    Charlotte

    > I am seriously thinking about getting like half a cow or how ever
    they do
    > that and have it cut and packaged so I won't have to buy as much
    meet
    wkly. The
    > only problem I have no idea of even how to do this.~~~Tammy

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    Here in Georgia the Dept. of Agriculture has a free publication that
    is all classified adds that have to do with farms, farming, live
    stock,... they are a great source for pick-your-own places and every
    now and again there is an add from a farmer selling half a cow. So
    you might want to check with the Dept. of Agriculture in your state.
    I have thought about doing it, too, but we do not own a deep freeze
    and I am worried that the meat will spoil in the regular freezer,
    plus I would not have room for anything else. I also called the
    farmer once, wondering about going in with some neighbors, but he
    said that if more than 2 people want to "share" half a cow you run
    into problems with the different cuts and dividing it up fairly.

 

 

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