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Buying farm direct meat #5425990 05/11/20 03:03 AM
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I am looking to buy a 1/2 beef, half hog, and maybe some chickens from local (within 90 miles) farmers. Never bought direct before. From those that have done this before, anything I should know?

Re: Buying farm direct meat [Re: wallyuwl] #5425996 05/11/20 03:42 AM
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all I can add is I've done that for years now from a local farmer , never had any problems

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Yes, a number of farmers around here are glad to have any direct customers as they are slaughtering with no restaurant business now. It's reported that especially pork and eggs are mostly that market with way less sold at the grocery. I didn't realize that.

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Do they choose the processor? If not, you may want to call ahead and get a spot reserved. (Hopefully they’ve done that already.) They’re about 2 months back logged here.

What’s your price per lb on the beef? Here it’s about $.9-1.00 per lb plus processing.

*Around here, I’ve heard you can’t even get a chest freezer at the moment.

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Re: Buying farm direct meat [Re: wallyuwl] #5426050 05/11/20 06:50 AM
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If you are going to be getting a lot of meat it needs to be vacuum sealed so it will last.

I think some places that are not truly trust worthy may not not give you all the top cuts that were part of the steer. So if there was 10 pounds of filet mignon in your half of a steer they might supply you with 5 pounds vs the real 10 that should have been there. They might give you 5 lbs of beef from another steer so the weight was proper.


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Re: Buying farm direct meat [Re: wallyuwl] #5426056 05/11/20 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by wallyuwl
I am looking to buy a 1/2 beef, half hog, and maybe some chickens from local (within 90 miles) farmers. Never bought direct before. From those that have done this before, anything I should know?


Most local butchers will have a handful of farms that they deal with, and will recommend. The butcher will also be happy to go through a cut sheet with you, and explain all the different options to you (thickness of cuts, what you can get for roasts vs. ground, etc).


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Re: Buying farm direct meat [Re: wallyuwl] #5426062 05/11/20 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by wallyuwl
I am looking to buy a 1/2 beef, half hog, and maybe some chickens from local (within 90 miles) farmers. Never bought direct before. From those that have done this before, anything I should know?

I would hope the farmer ages his beef. Had beef which wasn't aged and it was not that good. I would assume he knows what he is doing.

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Re: Buying farm direct meat [Re: Rob_Roy] #5426084 05/11/20 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Rob_Roy

Most local butchers will have a handful of farms that they deal with, and will recommend.



This. If you know of a butcher with a good reputation, ask them who you can buy the beef from. We buy a quarter beef from a local farmer, then pick it up from the butcher and pay him for the processing. Been doing it for many years.


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Re: Buying farm direct meat [Re: wallyuwl] #5426090 05/11/20 07:44 AM
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Buy the most expensive vacuum sealer you can afford. BTW, the $129 units at Sams/Costco are starter/beginner/cheap units.

I promise you that a $600 vacuum sealer combine with being able to buy farm fresh bulk meats will pay for itself in a year.

Here's a place to start looking. https://www.webstaurantstore.com/14279/vacuum-packaging-machines.html

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Originally Posted by dlundblad
Do they choose the processor? If not, you may want to call ahead and get a spot reserved. (Hopefully they’ve done that already.) They’re about 2 months back logged here.

What’s your price per lb on the beef? Here it’s about $.9-1.00 per lb plus processing.

*Around here, I’ve heard you can’t even get a chest freezer at the moment.


Yes to the slaughterhouse and you can forget a freezer at the moment. My daughter's freezer died
and they went to local businesses and they just laughed when she asked about buying a freezer.
They think it may be 6-8 months before we get more freezers (many are made with Chinese parts)


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Re: Buying farm direct meat [Re: Donald] #5426134 05/11/20 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Donald
If you are going to be getting a lot of meat it needs to be vacuum sealed so it will last.

I think some places that are not truly trust worthy may not not give you all the top cuts that were part of the steer. So if there was 10 pounds of filet mignon in your half of a steer they might supply you with 5 pounds vs the real 10 that should have been there. They might give you 5 lbs of beef from another steer so the weight was proper.


Vacuum seal is the only way to go. A trust worthy slaughterhouse is an imperative. Ask around.

Does the owner pick where he carries the beef for cut up?


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Re: Buying farm direct meat [Re: wallyuwl] #5426141 05/11/20 08:41 AM
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I worked as a meat-cutter in highschool for a bit. Guessing it's probably not all the same cow. Just a grouping of what you would expect from one. Some places can vacuum seal it for you. Some can't do any real processing and you end up with a bit of a struggle if you need to cut it yourself. I've not purchased meat this way, but family members have. They had good results and paid less.


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We used to split a yearling cow annually among family. Find the small town butcher that can process the cow for you and ask him where to get the cow from. He usually has experience with numerous farmers and will be the one preparing for you anyway. We got ours from a town 1/2 hour away in the country. Lots of good beef around Calgary that doesn’t come from Cargill, etc.

This was our source (prices in Canadian dollarettes):

http://www.purecountrymeats.com/



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Re: Buying farm direct meat [Re: wallyuwl] #5426154 05/11/20 08:54 AM
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Just know that you will have a LOT of meat - more than you imagined.

And Beef needs to be aged to be tasty.

I don like the idea of freezing quality meat.


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Re: Buying farm direct meat [Re: wallyuwl] #5426185 05/11/20 09:21 AM
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We eat very little meat. I know people are concerned about meat shortages. In our town we have two large butchers (Wengers and Groffs) which supply products throughout the state. Not a hint of shortages here.


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