$1.75 cut, wrapped and delivered. All the hobby farmers here are willing to sell freezer beef at a loss because farming is just so much fun, then they wonder why nobody's farming beef for a living anymore.
Location: Northeast Ohio...60 minutes east of Cleveland
Brian MCF & SBIN, I am located in the center of Ashtabula county, in Jefferson. We just butchered our last 9 steers for this year. We sell all our animals direct. The customer pays for their processing. We have developed our customer base over the last 15 years. We sell beef, pork and lamb. All the animals are raised here on our farm on mostly our farm's pastures and grains. I do have to buy corn now and then, but usually raise enough of our own.
I was a butcher for 20 years and a farmer since my boyhood days. I am now launching a project to raise Dexter beef and finish them. I am sure that today's consumer will like the smaller carcass size.
I charge what my meat is worth, the heck with trying to compete with other feedlots and Wal-Mart. I raise quality products so I expect to be paid for them. Our customer list grows every year proving that quality will always sell. I have ideas that we are working on to offer our customers a variety pack containing beef, pork and lamb or chicken. This will also help to bring on the younger folks who can't afford to pay $700.00 or more for a 1/2 a beef, and probably don't have a freezer big enough for it either.
People are really getting interested in buying local farm products. They realize that us small farmers do things right. There are those 10% ers out there that try to cheat or simply don't know what they are doing, but you'll have that in anything. Our repeat business and the word of mouth advertizing that we get keeps us plenty busy.
my dad just bought a whole steer. $1 a pound live weight and I think he got 60% so that was about $1.67 a pound for what he got. plus I think it was 42 to 50 cents a pound process and wrapping. central indiana here.
saw an ad on indpls craigs list for $1 live weight plus 53 cents per pound processing.
Thanks for starting this thread. Just the information I was looking for also...especially hearing from fellow Ohioans.
We have two Jersey/NR steers pushing two years old and it's time to sell them. We weren't sure what to ask though. This gives us a good idea.