PLEASE NOTE that the boxed weight of bulk orders CANNOT be determined until after the animal is packaged. The weight loss from hanging/dressed to boxed/take home can range from 28 to 40%, see below for explanation. Bulk orders are purchased based on hanging weight per pound.
WHAT AFFECTS BOXED WEIGHT? ...
the gender of the beef - Females do not dress as well as males. We usually process males. The girls are held back for breeding. With that said, sometimes females are processed if there is a surplus.
the breed of cattle - Every breed has a different yield, some have heavier bones, some produce more fat, etc. We raise breeds of cattle that do well on a grass diet only and have a nice yield. However, like humans, they are all different; one may be larger than the other, one may be fatter; one is nicer, etc.
dry aging (hang time) - dry aging is just that -- drying the meat out. The carcass is hung for 10 to 14 days, depending on the amount of fat cover. The longer the carcass hangs, the more moisture is lost and the less weight when packaged. The benefit of dry aging is increased flavor. Grass fed beef tends to be leaner so it usually hangs for 10 days. Larger carcasses are able to hang for 14 days. The hang time is not determined until after the beef is dressed.
the cut order - Boneless cuts and grinding of cuts cause 50% loss in weight from hanging to boxed. Half and whole orders get full cut options. Smaller orders do not.