All right so want I is a half a steer all wrapped up in fresh white paper every type of cut I can get overflowing from my upright deep freeze. Now i'm in Arizona, i'm from back east cattle their do no to my knowledge run that much, but I never checked before so that is what I need to know from some of you experienced folks out their. This was the price I was quoted this morning: 2.20$ a lb live weight of the steer. Thats the price from the rancher, grass fed beef, the one she's got ready in the time frame I want had a few antibiotics about a year ago. To me not a big deal otherwise all grass fed, weened off mamma at the right time not early ect... He's about a 1000 lbs right now. How's that for a price??? How does that compare, should I keep looking? Now the processing fees dont seem to bad, its a 50.00$ slaughter fee for which I would be charged half. and .57 cents per lb for the rest, to be cut and wrapped, hung and even frozen if we so wish. So does that sound about right to some of you folks out there??? It would be about 310 lbs at .57 cents and that would be hanging weight. How much meat would come out of that?? I worked that out to about 4.19$ per lb, but I know it wouldnt be 310 lbs of meat once its fully processed and wrapped. The grant total for this whole venture would be about 1300.00$ about twice what I was originally figuring, but then i'm from back east and hubby is from up north so our prices are biased from that. There are only two of us, and the rancher said that that much meat would go for about a year. Does that sound right??? Thanks for any help, i'm kinda clueless. I just hate going to the grocery store and seeing the price of beef, and not having any of it be any good anyway once you get it home!