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Old 02-21-2008, 10:41 AM
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I am contemplating getting a steer butchered. I have found a place to buy the steer and a place to do the butchering. All I will have to do is pick it up and pay for it. Now for the questions?

What cuts of meat should I expect to get?

How much meat am I going to get off of a 600lb live weight steer?

I just don't want to wind up with 6 steaks and 100lbs of ground beef.lol

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 02-21-2008, 10:47 AM
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Why not just butcher it yourself.
It's just like a huge deer. That way you know you are getting everything that you're supposed to get.
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Old 02-21-2008, 10:50 AM
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I don't have the equipment to finish the job. I can shoot it and skin it but then I would be stuck.
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Old 02-21-2008, 10:59 AM
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I can shoot it and skin it but then I would be stuck.
Man!! A cow hunt sounds fun
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Man!! A cow hunt sounds fun
Wonder what the cow thinks about that.... Either way, I'm cool with it!!!
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http://www.askthemeatman.com/yield_on_beef_carcass.htm

Here are some figures on a larger beef. Six hundred pounds is fairly small to butcher. According to their figures, you can figure on something like 350-375 lbs of meat, or a little better than 60 percent of live weight.

If it was me, I'd tell 'em just to cut the whole thing up into ribeye.
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:52 AM
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I plan on telling them "give me as many steaks as possible and then give me the rest in roasts and ground."

600 lbs. is the weight of the steers that I have the opportunity to buy so it is what it is. All I have to do is pick up the finished product.
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do not ask for extra ground meat under ANY circumstances...even with a good butcher job...you get a good bit
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i would ask for no round steak. i would rather have ground round,
than a tough dry round steak.
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Can I have a couple of Ribeyes about 2" thick?
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If you don't mind me asking, what is your cost per pound going to average out to as? I'd like to do this myself on day.
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My family kills a beef every year. We try to grow our steer out to about 1000lbs. That is about average for killing. We ask for steaks, best roasts, cubed steak and the rest in ground beef. Some people like beef ribs, briskets and other cuts, But in the end just think about what you and your family like and will eat. Since you are paying for it.
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I am contemplating getting a steer butchered. I have found a place to buy the steer and a place to do the butchering. All I will have to do is pick it up and pay for it. Now for the questions?

What cuts of meat should I expect to get?

How much meat am I going to get off of a 600lb live weight steer?

I just don't want to wind up with 6 steaks and 100lbs of ground beef.lol

Any help is appreciated.
You better not get your own cow butchered then...............because you won't be far away from your own prediction.

One needs a beef type breed of yearling to butcher that has been fed in ''feedout lot'' style for a month or more before butchering. Cord fed beef has the needed marbling in the meat to make the non-ground cuts of beef more flavorful and tender.

Even if you go with the minimum amount of ground, it will still mean about 50 percent of what you get will be ground beef. If the meat turns out to be of poor quality you're just stuck with a whole bunch of it at one time.

I know many folks who grow cattle and they sell their yearlings at the sale to be sent to feed out lots out west...........where cheap corn is as common as rocks on the ground here.

These same people go to the store and pick-n-choose the cuts of beef they want that are on sale and come out way ahead of the game.


Prolly not what you were looking to hear...........but it's the way it shakes out.
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we eat our own. usually around 1000-1200 pounds. What has this 600# steer been eating is he coming off of feed or pasture make sure it is feed. If we do not get one straight from the feed lot we usually feed out 30 days before slaughter.
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BBQ at Steven's house!!!
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