Below one can find information on herd management, processing, hang weight definitions, cuts of meat and freezer space required for your Seven Springs Ranch grass-fed beef.
"Grass Fed Basics", by Jo Robinson ~ Grass-Fed is Best
"Grass fed" or "pasture-raised" animals, the kind you will find described on this site, live dramatically different lives. To begin with, they are raised from birth to market on family ranches. Cows, lambs, goats, and bison graze high-quality pasture during the growing season and then stored grasses (hay or grass silage) during the winter months or drought conditions. The animals live such stress-free lives that they are rarely sick and do not need to be treated with pharmaceutical drugs. As in nature, their rate of growth is determined by their health and the quality of forage, not hormonal implants and growth promoting additives. Their products are healthy, wholesome, and natural in every sense of the word." http://www.eatwild.com/products/oregon.html
MORE ON WHAT TO EXPECT WITH PROCESSING
Hanging weight is defined as what remains after the internal organs, hide, head and feet are removed. Hanging weight for our half to whole cattle range from 225 (half) pounds to 650 pounds.
Quantity and Cutout weight
Cutout weight is the weight of meat that actually goes into your freezer. This is usually between 60-70% of hanging weight. This weight reduction is the result of moisture loss during the dry aging process and the amount of bone removed (dry aging provides a more premium product over today's more popular wet-aging process). In general, beef breeds will have a higher cutout percentage than dairy breeds such as Holstein (which are sometimes used for beef).
Cuts of Beef
A steer has eight basic areas (called primal cuts): Chuck, Rib, Short Loin, Sirloin, Brisket/Fore shank, Plate, Flank and Round.
HOW MUCH SPACE WILL YOU NEED TO STORE YOUR 7S BEEF?
* One cubic foot of freezer space will hold approximately 30 lbs. of beef. We encourage our customers to consider a 7 cubic foot freezer for a half and a 14+ cubic foot freezer on our whole animals.