Brush Brook Farm’s beef is 100% grass-fed. Grass-fed beef has the ideal ratio of the fatty acids omega-3 to omega-6. The omega-3 fatty acid is important to healthy brain function and is linked to lowering blood pressure, fighting depression and reducing cancer. A Brush Brook Farm grass-fed beef animal averages a live weight of approximately 800 pounds. It will result in approximately 400 pounds of usable meat.
Our animals are sold on-the-hoof. That is, you purchase the entire animal which is moved to a USDA facility in your name. The costs you will incur in the purchasing a beef cow include slaughtering, cost per pound of hanging weight and processing (cut & wrap).
A hanging or dressed weight is arrived at after slaughter and the animal has been skinned, gutted with head & feet removed. The hanging weight of a beef cow is approximately 62% of the animal’s live weight. Before processing (cut & wrap of the meat) the carcass is hung to cool. In this stage there is a further unavoidable loss of approximately 20% of the hanging weight due to loss of moisture, trimming, boning and grinding.
A break-down of costs*:
A typical butchering of an 800 pound animal would result in the following usable meat:
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