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Colorado Angus Beef

I have 5 steers ready to enter their final feeding period in May. They will receive additional feed/grain for 60-90 days. Once they enter this period there is no turning back.  They need to be processed upon completion.  I am taking orders for these 5 steers which will be ready in August of 2020.  If there is additional demand I have access to other steers.

GRASS v GRAIN?

All cattle is fed grass; but not all cattle is "grass fed" cattle.  The term "grass fed" means the steer has only been fed grass their entire life.  Some believe grass fed cattle is a little healthier and a few say it tastes better.  I would argue the second point.  I've had both.  When you are talking steaks, (in my opinion) there is no comparison; grain finished beef is better tasting.  Grass only beef has a little less fat and costs more.  Want to know more?  Watch this YouTube Video .  If you decide you want grass fed cattle there are ranches who can sell you some. My cattle is "finished" with grass/grain.

I decided to sell a few of my steers to local residents who want to store up. I'm hoping to make this process simple and cost effective.

I'm not in the meat processing business;  I'm willing to sell you an angus steer based on "live wight" and deliver your steer to Simla Frozen Food Locker in Simla, CO.  Because the delivery date is scheduled two months in advance, I will negotiate the delivery date with them.  So, you will pay me for the steer and pay Simla to process the meat. This makes more sense because I don't care how you want the steer butchered; work that out with them.

Simla Frozen Food Locker usually ages your beef for 14 days prior to processing it. You should contact them with specific questions about processing.

How much will a steer cost? The answer is; it will be based on the market. Okay, that really did not answer your question.  It should be around $1.20 to $1.35 a pound. I am still working out the final details.  We will lock in a price when you put down a deposit on the steer.  If you look at other websites you will see a couple of terms they use to describe how much meat you will get and how much it will cost.   The processor (butcher) charges by the "hanging weight" and then provides you the processed weight. Ultimately you should only care about the cost of the meat based on processed weight.  This is the final product which you take home. Based on my research most locally processed beef is around $6.00 to $8.00 dollars a pound.

Note: Do not compare hanging weight cost with processed weight cost.  Some Ranchers advertise a lower cost based on hanging weight; this is not the same.

If you have another processor you like in the area, we can deliver to them for a small fee based on how much farther we have to drive.

Let's do the math:

Let's use a 1000 pound steer (keep it simple).  Today we would charge you around $1.30 a pound.  This would be based on "live weight".  You would pay us $1,300 for the steer.  We would deliver to the processor in Simla. They would charge you based on "hanging weight".  This is the weight after they slaughter the steer and hang it up. Usually, this is around 60-65% of the live weight.  Currently they charge $65 to kill the steer and .85 a pound to process it. There can be some additional charges for special requests.  You can work that out with them.  Okay, so let's say you get 60% of 1000 pounds.  You will pay them based on 600 pounds.

The math:          $65 + (600 X .85) = $575

You would pay around $575 to have the steer processed.

The final product should be approximately 60% of the hanging weight. A few say you should estimate by taking 1/3 of the live weight but we find that to usually be a little low.  So, out of a 1000 pound steer you will take home approximately 330 to 360 pounds of meat, steaks, etc...

The final cost per pound?  

Based on 330 pounds (1/3 of live weight) = $1,300 + 575 = $1,875 / 330 => $5.70 a pound

Based on 360 pounds (60% of hanging weight) = $1,300 + 575 = $1,875 / 360 => $5.21 a pound

Even if our math is a little off you should be able to get Colorado Angus beef for under $6 a pound.

There is no way to give exact prices because every steer will weigh up differently.  We will charge you for the steer (delivered) and you will pay the processor to butcher your steer.

We are hoping our steers will be between 1200 and 1500 pounds; so the total cost will be higher, but the cost per pound should still be well under $6.  You should expect to spend between $2,200 and $2,800 and receive between 400 and 550 pounds of meat.

You should not expect to save a bunch of money by buying a steer from a local Colorado ranch.  You are buying a steer from a local ranch so you know what you're getting.  Ours will be a hormone free Colorado grass/grain fed 18 month old Angus steer.

 

Information about purchasing a steer from us:

We will be placing our steers in their final feeding process in early May, they should be ready for processing in early August, and the meat should be ready in late August.

We are asking for $100 deposits to hold your steer.  Total payment just prior to delivery (after we get its weight)

We cannot guarantee the weight of the steer you get; however, we will take requests; if you want the biggest or the smallest we can probably make that happen.

If you want a steer sooner than August; call me and we'll see what we can do getting you another steer from our ranch.

Here are the drawbacks of ordering a steer from us:

Most ranchers will sell you a half or even a quarter of a beef.  We can not.  We can only sell you a steer; that's it.  So, it's up to you to find friends.  We will only sell our steers to one person.  You will have to work out the splitting of the meat with the processor.  They have no problem splitting up the meat and billing multiple people.

We only take cash or checks; no credit cards.

You have to pick up your meat in Simla which is about an hour drive from Monument.

 

If you have any questions; give me a call

Mark Pfoff

email: mpfoff@earthlink.net

Cell phone: (719) 660-2398

 

If you want to get more information from Simla Food Frozen Food Locker give them a call (719) 541-2360 and talk with Wilma.