For most folks this will be the first time they have ordered a 1/4, 1/2 or whole beef and we know that you have questions like; How much meat is 1/4 or 1/2 a beef?  What cuts of meat do we get?  How do I prepare that cut of meat?  Here at Spike's Farm we want you to understand the value and the options to customize your meat order.  We are here to walk you through everything from the inital contact to the options and slection of cuts to the enjoyment of your meat.  If at any point you have questions feel free to ask.   

 Quarter, Half or a Whole Beef

Quarter (split side) of a beef hanging weight is approximately 200 pounds, + or - 30-50 pounds due to animal stature.  Half of a beef is approximately 400 pounds of hanging weight + or - 50-80 pounds due to animal stature.  Whole beef are approximately 800 pounds of hanging weight + or - 80-100 pounds due to animal stature.  The cuts of meat you chose will also effect the final amount of meat you will be taking home.  You can expect to have between 25-35% of weight loss due to the bones and fat trimming.  Below are the cuts of meat and the approximate quanitities your beef can provide.

3 to 4

Cut of Beef
T-Bones Steak
Rib-Eye Steak
Sirloin Steak
Round Steak
Arm Roast
Bread & Butter Roast
Chuck Roast
Sirloin Tip Roast
Rump Roast
Stew Meat
Soup Bones
Short Ribs
Ground Beef

Cut
3/4"
3/4"
3/4" 
3/4"
3#
3#
3#
3#
3#
1#
1#
1#
1#

1/4 of Beef
6 to 7
6 to 7
3 to 4
3
2 to 3
2 to 3
2 to 3
1
2 to 3
2-3 packs
4 to 5 packs
2 to 3 packs
40 to 50 pounds

1/2 of Beef
11 to 13
12 to 14
6 to 7
7
3 to 4
3 to 4
4 to 5
2
4 to 5
5-6 packs
8-9 packs
5-6 packs
80 to 95 pounds

Whole Beef
21 to 23
24 to 25
8 to 11
14
4
4
9 to 11
4
4
10 to 11 Packs
11 to 13 Packs
11 to 13 Packs
120 to 150 pounds

How Much Freezer Space do I need?  General rule of thumb is 35#'s of beef per cubic foot.

Quarter of a Beef    5 Cubic feet

Half of a Beef           7 to 8 Cubic feet

Whole Beef              16 to 17 Cubic feet