Minka Farm beef is available for purchase as a whole steer, half steer (a side) or quarter steer, ready to be stored in your chest freezer, for a cost-effective way to keep our high quality, grassfed beef on hand.

General Pricing Info

Pricing is based on quantity purchased and the hanging weight.  Hanging weight is the weight at harvest of just meat and bones.  This is not the weight that will come home to your freezer.  The take-home weight depends in part on how the beef is cut, but with a fairly standard set of cuts, our processor (Chaudhry Halal Meats) returns around 70% of the hanging weight.  An average steer has a hanging weight of 600 lbs for the whole steer, 300 lbs for a half steer, and 150 lbs for a quarter steer.

When you order freezer beef, you reserve your portion with a deposit and you will receive an initial invoice that is based on average weights.  Once the hanging weight is known, you will receive a corrected invoice that will show the actual hanging weight, the full cost and the balance due after the deposit is applied.  The balance is due upon delivery of the beef.  There is no sales tax when beef is purchased in this manner. Because the mark-up on freezer beef is minimal, we will accept PayPal for the deposit but not the balance.

Whole Steer (2 sides)

If you order a whole steer, the beef is custom cut.  You get to choose how thick the steaks are cut, which cuts are kept bone-in or made boneless, and more.  Once you reserve your beef, we send you a file that you will fill out with your cut instructions. If you want a cut that is not listed in the instructions, just ask and we’ll figure out where that cut comes from and what other cuts it will replace.  You can fill out one set of instructions to be applied to both sides, or you can give different cut instructions for each side.  The deposit for a whole steer is $300.  Price: $4.35/lb hanging weight.  You will need about 22 cu. ft. of freezer space for a whole steer.

We have several neighborhoods who get together on a regular basis to order a whole steer to share.

Half Steer (1 Side)

A half steer order is also custom cut.  You will fill out one set of cut instructions for a half steer.  See above, under “Whole Steer,” for a more complete description of cut instructions. The deposit for a half steer is $250. Price: $4.50/lb hanging weight. You will need about 12 cu. ft. of freezer space for a half steer.

Quarter Steer

For a quarter steer, there is a standard set of cuts because you are actually sharing a side with someone else and we need to be able to divide the cuts in half.  The cuts you will receive from a quarter steer include: tenderloin filet, NY strip, boneless ribeyes, sirloin steak, brisket, London Broil, flank, skirt, chuck & shoulder roasts, eye of round, flat iron, bottom round, short ribs, ground beef, ground beef patties, stew meat, sirloin tip steaks, liver, soup bones (cut into 2″ cubes with exposed marrow), and dog bones (knuckles & long bones). The deposit for a quarter steer is $200. Price: $4.75/lb hanging weight. You will need about 6 cu. ft. of freezer space for a quarter steer.

Other Costs

Processing, packaging each cut individually in clear freezer plastic, and labeling are all included in the price of the beef.  Delivery to Siler City, Durham, Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Mebane, or Burlington is included as well.  If you live outside those areas, we can meet in the middle or we can calculate a delivery fee for the additional distance.

Availability

Below are the dates of beef availability for 2018.  Click on the month for the timeline of ordering, submitting cut instructions for a half or whole steer order and delivery dates.  The listed month is the month of delivery, but please note that many times, your order will need to be placed before that month.  Our beef is dry-aged for tenderness and flavor for 2 weeks so we need to have orders far enough in advance to accommodate the dry-aging and cutting schedules of the processor.  If we do not sell an entire beef for any given month, you may be asked to wait for the next available date.

Order your beef and pay your deposit by February 12, 2018

Cut instructions for half or whole steer due by February 23, 2018

Delivery on Saturday, March 3, 2018 usually after 1pm

Order your beef and pay your deposit by March 19, 2018

Cut instructions for half or whole steer due by March 30, 2018

Delivery on Saturday, April 7, 2018 usually after 1pm

Order your beef and pay your deposit by April 30, 2018

Cut instructions for half or whole steer due by May 11, 2018

Delivery on Saturday, May 19, 2018 usually after 1pm

Order your beef and pay your deposit by June 4, 2018

Cut instructions for half or whole steer due by June 15, 2018

Delivery on Saturday, June 23, 2018 usually after 1pm

Order your beef and pay your deposit by July 4, 2018

Cut instructions for half or whole steer due by July 13, 2018

Delivery on Saturday, July 21, 2018 usually after 1pm

Order your beef and pay your deposit by August 6, 2018

Cut instructions for half or whole steer due by August 17, 2018

Delivery on Saturday, August 25, 2018 usually after 1pm

Order your beef and pay your deposit by September 19, 2018

Cut instructions for half or whole steer due by September 28, 2018

Delivery on Saturday, October 6, 2018 usually after 1pm

Order your beef and pay your deposit by November 14, 2018

Cut instructions for half or whole steer due by November 23, 2018

Delivery on Saturday, December 1, 2018 usually after 1pm