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Our cattle are 100% grass-fed on pastures that are only naturally fertilized with manure and never sprayed. Our pastures have a mixture of alfalfa, red clover, timothy, fescue, orchard grass, and perennial rye. Hay, harvested from our fields, provide nutrients during the winter months. We do not feed our cattle grain of any kind.
Hanging weight is also known as “on the rail”. This term refers to the weight of the animal as it hangs in the butcher’s cooler once the head, hide, feet, organs and blood are removed. If you think of any movie with a butcher shop scene and there are sides of beef hanging from hooks on the ceiling, that is what “on the rail” means. Most butchers base the processing fees on the hanging weight, it is the most widely used measurement by farmers. Price quotes will frequently say something like “$4.75/lb hanging weight (paid to farmer) plus cut and wrap (paid to butcher)”.
Pricing is the most laborious thing we do on the farm. How do you assess a price to a product that has so much time and labor in it when you work for free? We base our pricing on what other farms in our area are doing and make sure it makes sense after we calculate all our expenses incurred during the life of the animal. Our expenses include animal purchase price, veterinary care, freight, hay, bedding, water, fuel, electric, and other operating expenses. We want to make sure it is affordable for families.
Once the livestock is of age, we will deliver it for butchering and processing. We will notify you of the butcher date prior to delivery. You will then need to contact the butcher and let them know how you would like your meat processed and cut. They will call you when it is ready for pickup.
Detailed ordering process
- Reserve the amount of freezer beef that you would like to purchase.
- We will confirm your reservation.
- We will notify you 1-2 weeks prior to the butcher date.
- We will deliver the animal to the butcher.
- You will call Xenia Meats to get the hanging weight and notify them of your desired processing. The hanging weight will determine the total amount due. During this time, they can answer your questions and help you determine the best way to have your meat cut.
- We will call you when your meat is ready for pickup.
Your payments are due when you pick up the processed meat. Two payments will be made.
- One check to Sunnyrock Farm for the meat.
- One check to Xenia Meats for the processing.
*Cash or check accepted.
Your meat will keep in the freezer for 365 days.
Cut weight (meaning cut and wrapped for your freezer) is approximately 60% of the hanging weight. For example, if the live weight of a steer is 1,000 pounds, the hanging weight will be around 600 pounds (60% of live weight). The cut weight will be around 360 pounds; 60% of hanging weight and 36% of live weight.
Live Weight x 60% = Hanging Weight
1,000 lbs x 60% = +/- 600 pounds
Live Weight x 36% = Cut Weight
1,000 lbs x 36% = +/- 360 pounds of cuts
Hanging Weight x 60% = Cut Weight
600 lbs x 60% = +/- 360 lbs of cuts
The University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture has a thorough explanation of the percentages and the factors that effect the final weight. It’s very interesting and shows you how the numbers are approximate. Here’s the Link for the pdf.