Now that we understand the basics and how to order a ¼ and a ½ a cow let’s bring it all home. Yes, all of it.

How Much Meat is That?

You can expect to get in-between 550- 675 pounds of meat from a whole cow. A whole cow will need about 16 cubic feet to store it all. My typical order would last my family of six about three years. Keep in mind, we also mix in other sources of protein like pig, goat, and deer.

  • Whole Beef
  • 13 packs of stew meat
  • 2 packs of marrow bones
  • 129 pounds of ground beef, 1lb packs
  • 4 half untrimmed briskets
  • 8 packs of korean style ribs
  • 3 packs of 2″ short ribs
  • 11 packs of osso bucco
  • 31 bone-in ribeye, 1″
  • 51 pounds of ground chuck, 1lb packs
  • 5 boneless chuck roast, 3-4lbs
  • 12 flat irons
  • 10 chuck eye
  • 2 whole flanks
  • 7 porterhouses, 1″
  • 7 T-bones, 1″
  • 22 boneless filet, 1″
  • 14 NY strip, 1″
  • 32 boneless petite sirloin strips, 1″
  • 4 half eye round roasts
  • 4 top round roasts, 3-4lbs
  • 8 london broil
  • 3 bottom round roasts, 3-4lbs
  • 8 packs of cube steaks
  • 7 sirloin tip roasts, 3-4lbs
  • 2 whole tri tip
  • 1 tongue
  • 2 skirt steaks
  • 3 packs of ox tail
  • 1 hanging tender
  • 14 packs of liver
  • 4 packs of heart
  • 2 packs of kidney
We love the ox tail, especially when I make my Grandma’s Ox Tail Soup. It’s finger licking good on a cold day. Another recipe I like to take from my Grandma’s rolodex is her Hearty Stew; one pack of hearts mixed with potatoes, garlic, and other goodies make a nice thick stew. For the osso bucco, I take the cut and marinate it for a few days before dropping into a stew. Another great option for a cold day; I can just smell it now. A whole cow goes a long way and is a great way to start the day with some runny eggs over a thin steak and end the day with a beef stew. Remember, if you want it all you got to go and get it! And if you run out, I am sure your rancher won’t mind if you stop back to stock up on your favorite cuts.