100_3912For the last few years we have been buying 1/2 side of beef from my cousin’s husband, who is an Angus beef farmer.

While not certified organic, his animals receive no shots or injections (except for a worm shot when they are young), and they are free to graze all day with plenty of room.  He feeds them very little grain.

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Last year we missed the opportunity to get a 1/2 side of beef, so we got a 1/2 side of ground beef instead.

After a year without steaks and other cuts of meat, we were excited to get the full 1/2 side of beef.

This time the total 1/2 side of beef was smaller than usual; the drought in the Midwest this summer meant that his cows had a tough time putting on weight.  Just like us, when the heat is on, cows apparently eat less.

Here is what we received from the order this time around:

  • Beef Sirloin Steak (4)
  • Ground Beef (51)
  • Beef Chuck Roast (4)
  • Beef Sizzler (4)
  • Beef Porterhouse Steak (2)
  • Beef Rib Eye Steaks (3)
  • Beef T-Bone Steaks (2)
  • Beef Round Tenderized (8)
  • Beef Rump Roast (1)

We received 98 pounds of meat and paid $490.  That equates to $5 per pound.  Considering the quality of the meat as well as the variety of meats that we bought and the fact that I don’t have to worry about pink slime in my ground beef, we are very happy with our purchase.

Plus, the meat is better than any we can buy in the grocery store.

Do you buy straight from the farmer?  Why or why not?