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    Just have to talk about our buy!

    Our next door neighbor buys a 1/2 a cow every 6 months. This time when
    he bought it, we got 1/8 of a cow. Wow! We got about 100 lbs. of meat
    for $225 (so about $2.25 a lb.), and it is as close to organic as you
    can get without the actual certification.

    We had sirloin steaks last night and it was soooo good. I highly
    recommend finding a way to do this. It's cheaper and better than any

    meat we could get here in the markets.

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    I've been a lurker for years. I would like to add some thing to this. I'm blessed and we grow our own, but what most people do not know is you can go to a slaughter house to buy your meat. When someone brings in a cow and they do not take it all the slaughter house sells it. The average price per pound is roughly $2.29 to $2.49 a pound and it is the freshest meat. Can't hardly buy meat in the store for that price even on sale. We also do pigs and I believe you can do them the same way.

    Our's also sells individual packages of meat for around the same price.

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    We have stopped buying beef because of all the recalls. It would take us close to 6 months to budget over $200 for just meat alone. Hubby sure misses his steaks though. We found a guy who grass feeds his cattle then sales them, but we lost touch with him. My mother and I were going to split half a cow; we might look into doing that again. I might google here in OK and see what I can find.

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    We have a meat processing place in town that sells beef or pork - either whole or 1/2 sides. You just pick how you want in processed. There is a sale barn not real far from our house and I have seen messages posted on a board there from people looking for others to split beef with. Same thing at some of the farm supply stores or local coops. You can also try a large animal vet for names of people who raise their own meat. That is how we found someone a couple of years ago.
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    Default Re: Meat in Bulk

    You can ask at a butcher's shop (not a commercial grocery store meat
    department usually), or find a beef cow (not milk cow) farmer in the
    area to contact.
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    I know of two ways: At our regional fair (like a county/state fair)
    you will hear of different local meat stores buying the livestock that
    have been shown and you can contact them. As for me, I found my
    source of meat by calling restaurants and asking them where they buy
    their beef. I was told of a operation about 35 miles from me where
    five women raise their beef on range land and do their own
    butchering. I buy half a cow every 1-1/2 years and that lasts the two
    of us fine.
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    Also, check the classifides in your local paper. We have a section that lists local produce and animal farms and what they have for sale. During butchering times, you can often find beef, pork and poultry listed for sale from the farm.

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    It is illegal in state of Illinois for average farmer to sell meat or even milk from his farm. I think it is ridiculous. In any case, what do we do if that is not allowed in our state. How do we find slaughter house in that case when farmers can't advertise. We are not far from Wisconsin so we might be able to go there, but that would be a days trip.

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