Frequently Asked Questions


How much Barley Beef should I buy?

To give you an idea, a family of six (which includes three teenagers and one very active boy) eating some type of meat (hamburgers, roasts, steaks, etc.) 2-3 times a week will go through a whole cow in 12 months.

A side of beef (1/2 a cow) would be ample for a family of four for about a year. Our most common size is a quarter-beef. 


How much room do I need in my freezer to hold all this Barley Beef?

A full cow takes up a 25 cubic inch freezer (full capacity of a stand up freezer).  So, ½ a cow would take up half of that freezer.

If you have a standard refrigerator with the freezer on top you can just about fit a 1/4 cow in there. To do this, you'll need to remove the ice-maker and all the contents - it gets cozy with a quarter cow!


How much does it cost?

Cost is determined by what is called "hanging weight." That is the total weight of the cow after it has been "liberated" and all outer extremities have been removed (think of what Rocky Balboa would punch-out in the freezer.) We charge $6.50/lb. of hanging weight. Depending upon how you get your meat cut, this may be about 20-25 percent heavier than the total weight of the cut and wrapped meat.

The hanging weight of a full cow ranges from about 850 - 950 lbs. So if you ordered 1/2 cow the hanging weight would be about 425 - 475 x $6.50/lbs = total cost between $2,800- $3,100


What cuts can I expect in...

Sampler Pack

The sampler pack has a preset weight with a variety of cuts, the flat price for a sampler pack is $225.00.

Sample Packs are a ~25 lb. box containing an assortment of cuts. We try and get a primal steak (Rib steak, NY, tenderloin), and a mixture of roasts, ground beef and other cuts.

Locker Beef

When you order 1/4 or 1/2 cow you'll get the same cuts as a full cow, only a quarter or half of the amount. You'll get:
  • 1 pound packages of ground beef
  • Rib Steaks
  • New York Steaks
  • Tenderloin
  • Sirloin Tip
  • Top Sirloin
  • Cube Steaks
  • Short Ribs
  • 3 lb. Roasts
  • Chuck Roasts
  • Bottom Round Roasts
  • Stew Meat
  • Soup Bone

When Can I Expect My Beef?

For ground beef you will usually have your beef within 1-2 weeks.

For locker beef, it depends on the length of our waiting list, and butcher and beef availability. The average wait time for locker beef is 1-2 months. Call or email us for specific wait times.