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Cost of Buying a Cow For Meat

Buying in bulk, whether that be a full cow or a half a cow, it is the most cost efficient and affordable way to buy your beef. Whichever option you choose, you can expect that to cost you, on average, $8.50-$9.50 per pound of beef. When buying a cow for meat, there are some important things to remember. Firstly, every cow is different, so the prices will vary based on a number of factors, for example, the weight of the cow. There are three different weights that you should be aware of; 

The live weight: The weight of the live cow, just before finishing.

The hanging weight: The hanging weight is the weight that the butcher gives us after the animal has been prepped to hang. The hanging weight is roughly 62% of the live weight and the difference is due to the loss of blood and other inedible parts of the cow. 

The final weight: The weight of the meat after it has been hung and cut. This weight varies depending on the amount of fat on the cow and the specific cuts of meat the customer has chosen. If you want to know more about these weight differences and the reasons behind them, check out our piece on Beef Weights – All You Need To Know to find out more. 

Cost of Half a Cow

Here at TX Bar, we calculate our costs based on the time it takes to rear the animal, the cost of slaughter and preparation, and finally, the cost of the butcher, who you pay to have the carcass cut and wrapped. Each animal differs because each animal does not weigh exactly the same, but the cost of half a cow from us is $2,000. After factoring in the butchers fees, ($1.50 per lb & $100 harvest fee) you can expect to pay between $2,100-$2,200 on average. When you purchase a half a cow from us, we leave it up to you to choose the specific type of cuts you want and how you want them to be wrapped by our local butcher (Los Molinos Meats, California). You also don’t have to worry about finding someone to purchase the other half of the cow, we look after that for you! To find out exactly how to go about buying half a cow, click here

Similar to buying a full cow, when you buy half a cow, one of the main benefits is the economies of scale and subsequent savings you will make from buying in bulk. Not to mention the time saved and convenience of having a constant supply of meat in your freezer. Usually half a cow produces on average between 200 and 250 pounds of beef, which averages out to you paying between $8.50-$9.50 a pound. The meat can also last up to 2-3 years when stored properly & the vacuum sealed packages are not comprised. Still not convinced? Check out our piece explaining if buying half a cow worth it, here

If you have any more questions about how to buy either a full or half a cow, or any queries relating to pricing, please do not hesitate to contact us on (530) 949-4241, where we would be happy to answer any queries you may have. 

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I'm glad I went with TX Bar Grassfed Cattle Company. I didn't get the amount of take home beef as I thought I would(my mistake), but the second I saw... read more

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April 4, 2023

Worked with Travis of TX Bar and Los Molinos Meats. It was our first time going through a "cow purchase" process and Travis was extremely helpful and the whole process... read more

Jesse Martin Avatar Jesse Martin
March 25, 2023

First time buying half a beef. Travis was very informative and was always available to answer questions. Great overall experience. We will be placing a second order... read more

Maria Alaniz Avatar Maria Alaniz
March 25, 2023

Great customer service and excellent meat!

Kyle Glagovich Avatar Kyle Glagovich
February 25, 2023

Transaction very smooth, great communication from deposit, to harvest , to butcher. The beef tastes heavenly. Nothing better than fresh. We'll be back. Thank you... read more

Debbie Waterman Avatar Debbie Waterman
January 25, 2023

Great price!!! Grass fed and grass finished. Easy communication with Travis and the Butcher. This was my first experience and absolutely no issues and great farmer doing what he does... read more

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January 25, 2023

Big shout out to TX Bar cattle company for feed the freezer with the highest quality grass fed beef. Working with Travis was really a please. Hands down... read more

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January 25, 2023

From the start I knew I chose the best in the business. Quick response and everything was lined out on from day one. Most fear grass fed and finished beef... read more

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October 25, 2022

This was my first experience buying beef off the hoof. I was so afraid I would mess it up. Fortunately I found TXBAR, their advertisement is fantastic, it explains... read more

Barbara Stewart Avatar Barbara Stewart
August 25, 2022

Thanks again for your hard work for another amazing animal!! Butcher said hanging weight was 775lbs!!! Massive lol. Woooo!! Food for a year+. And... read more

August 25, 2022

First time purchasing a half beef and it was a great experience.Travis was more than helpful and was easy to get ahold of if any questions were to come up.... read more

Ian Seifert Avatar Ian Seifert
May 25, 2022

Thank you very much! I picked it all up on Friday and the meat looks great. My wife's birthday was on Sunday and I whipped out the sous vide and... read more

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April 25, 2022

Hi Travis, As a new customer to the bulk meat buying process I was more than a little apprehensive spending this kind of money. But after working with you... read more

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April 25, 2022

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April 25, 2022

Absolute dream working with Travis. The whole process was so easy and seamless. From the deposit to the pickup we knew what was going on every step of the way.... read more

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