Why buy in bulk? 

Purchasing a whole cow, or a portion of a whole cow is the most affordable way to buy grass-fed beef.  If you like steaks and roasts, you’ll be purchasing them for a fraction of the normal retail price! 


How does it work? 

You purchase the live animal and we schedule the harvest, transportation and communication with the butcher on your behalf. You fill out the customer cut sheet to suit your preferences and the butcher will answer any questions you have. When your beef is ready, you can pick directly from the butcher or we can pick up and arrange a time to meet you. 


How much does it cost?

There are a few calculations to determine the final cost:


  1. Cost of the live animal paid to the Farmer 

  2. Cost of the harvest fee paid to the Butcher 

  3. Cost of the meat, aged, hung-dry, wrapped and frozen paid to the Butcher 


Cost of live animal paid to Farmer – $5.50/lb hanging weight for quarter beef 

  • Live weight is how much the animal weights when it’s alive

  • Hanging weight is the weight of the carcass after the animal is killed, skinned, gutted and head and legs removed from fetlock down. Hanging weight is about 60% of the live weight.


Cost of the harvest fee paid to the Butcher - $45 harvest fee


Butcher fees – $0.70/hanging weight, 3% credit/debit card fee if applicable


















Quarter Cow (150lbs) at $5.50/lb

You’ll pay the farmer $850

You’ll pay the butcher $150


Total: $1000

Deposit: $200

(cost will vary depending on weight)


Half Cow (300lbs) at $5.00/lb

You’ll pay the farmer $1,500

You’ll pay the butcher $255


Total: $1755

Deposit: $300

(cost will vary depending on weight)


Whole Cow (400lbs) at $5.00/lb

You’ll pay the farmer $3000

You’ll pay the butcher $465


Total: $3465

Deposit: $400

(cost will vary depending on weight)

What will I get? 

An assortment of steaks, roasts and ground beef packaged and labeled in “supermarket” sized portions.  See the cut sheet for the assortment of cuts available to you.


*Note about quarter cows– If you purchase a quarter cow, your cut sheet will have to match the customer’s cut sheet who purchases the other side. We will pair customers that have matching cut sheets, or will work with both parties to find a happy medium. 


When do I receive the beef?

All orders will be available for pick up 2-4 weeks after processing. You can pick up directly from the slaughterhouse, or we can pick up your beef and coordinate a pick up time with you. We will not be able to store your beef, so be prepared to receive your order as soon as it’s ready. 


How much space do I need? 

A general rule of thumb is 1 cubic foot in the freezer per 35-40lbs of packaged beef.

  • Quarter Cow - 5-7 cubic feet, will fill half of a small chest freezer or 25% of an upright freezer

  • Half Cow - 8 cubic feet, will take up 50% of an upright freezer

  • Whole Cow - 20 cubic feet, will take up almost all of a large upright freezer 


About the processor: 

Your cows will be processed at Light Hill Custom Butchery, a small, family owned processing facility in Lynnville, TN. Light Hill can answer any specific questions you have about the customer cut sheet.  


Beef Skirt Steak - 2

Beef Flank Steak - 2

Beef Chuck Roast - 23

Beef Arm Roast - 8

Beef Brisket - 2 

Beef Short Ribs  - 12

Beef Ribs  - 4

Beef Ribeye Steaks - 20

Beef Strip Steaks -9

Beef Filet Mignon - 13

Beef Boneless Sirloin - 7

Beef Rump Roast - 4

Beef Tri Tip  - 2 

Beef Sirloin Tip - 6

Beef Round Steak  - 11

Ground Beef - 141

Beef Tongue -1

Beef Heart -1

Beef Sliced Liver- 3

Beef Oxtail -1

Beef Suet - 2

Beef Soup Bones - 4

Example of a quarter cow:


How do I order? 

Place your order online here.


Call 615-212-5234 or email info@caneyforkfarms.com if you have questions.