What is a custom order? A custom order is when you purchase a quarter (1/4) or side (1/2) of a beef. This is a carcass that is hanging in a controlled temperature environment to which a skilled butcher will custom cut your beef to exactly your specifications. This is the most economical way to purchase our 100% grass fed beef and it is the best for us, “the farmers”, because it is 100% direct from farmer to consumer. Sides(1/2) and quarter (1/4) cuts of beef are available year round. Please expect the entire process to take up to one month; this is to ensure your beef is properly dry aged, custom cut, packed and frozen.
How to Order a ½ or ¼ Beef
*The weight of a ½ beef ranges between 250–350 lbs and a ¼ can weigh between 125-175 lbs.
Weight: Please note, that there is a reduction in weight from what you pay to what you take home; here’s why:
The weight total that you pay for comes from the actual weight of the 1/2 or 1/4 of the cow you have purchased – everything is included in this purchase weight.
Once purchased and your cut sheet has been submitted, your 1/2 or 1/4 beef then gets cut according to your instructions. With the cutting, parts of your 1/2 or 1/4 that are inedible are deducted (Ex. sinew, grizzle, cartilage etc). This means a roughy 15-20% reduction in weight, this depends on your cutting instructions.
1. Email your preferred date and I will reply to confirm availability.
2. Fill out the butcher cut sheet and send it back to me; the cut sheet provides details to our butcher for your order. I can email you a cut sheet or you can get one here: the Beef Cut Sheet.
Please complete delivery section on the Beef Cut Sheet. $150 is generally what it costs to ship a custom order in Ontario. Often times, we are able to ship for less and will confirm your shipping cost once we have your order and address.
How much is a ¼ beef? A 1/4 beef is roughly 5 boxes and each box contains roughly 20lbs. The pictures below are from an actual 1/4 beef we shipped to one of our happy customers. A side of beef is double this amount.
Custom Beef Orders:
Carcass Breakdown (approximate)
50% -Ground Beef and/or Stew beef
25% – Steak
25% – Roast
½ Beef (approximately 300lbs)
Minus cutout waste (15-20%) = 240lbs
Ground Beef/Stew Beef = 120lbs
Steak = 60lbs
Roast = 60lbs
¼ Beef (approximately 150lbs)
Minus cutout waste (15-20%) = 120lbs
Ground Beef/Stew Beef = 60lbs. Steak = 30lbs
Roast = 30lbs