Animals Cows

1/2 a Cow

First off, if you didn’t know, our neighborhood is awesome. Everyone is very down to earth and nice. One of our neighbors, raises cows. Yes, it’s the same neighbor that herds his cows in front of our house. Our horses have gotten better about the cows now that they’ve seen them a number of times, but they still need some work.

Anyway, to get on with the story, we decided to purchase half of a small cow from this neighbor. We talked about it last winter, and last Thursday (day before Halloween), we get a call saying, “Your half a cow is ready to be butchered. How would you like it cut.” We didn’t have any sort of warning, but it was too late to do anything else, so we told them what we wanted, and today (Monday), Anna went and picked up 3 heavy boxes full of meat.

Here’s some pictures of the tiny fridge that Anna purchased filled with most of the meat (about 30lbs had to go into the kitchen freezer):

Freezer Closed
Freezer Open
Freezer full of cow

We got:
81.85lbs of Ground Beef
106.84lbs of steaks, roasts, ribs, etc.
Totaling 188.69lbs of Beef

The cost of the 1/2 cow including butchering came to about $723 (approx. $3.83/lb). Which not a scream of a deal, but the cow is grown on the pasture right next to my house, so it’s 58x better than what you would by in the store. =)

(Random side note: We just realized recently that both Anna and I (Ashton) have “O” Blood Type, which thrives on meat. Good thing, too.)

That’s all from the Farm today,
Ashton Anna