$450 is the deposit for half a cow, $250 for a quarter cow,

*not the total cost for half or a quarter of a cow.


This is the most affordable way to purchase our premium pasture raised, grass-fed Jersey beef. Jersey beef is a wonderfully marbled, tender, sweet beef that is different than what you will find in your grocery store aisle. In fact in blind taste-tests, Jersey beef ranks #1 in flavor and tenderness!Jersey beef takes longer to raise to a good finished weight and this is reflected in our cost.


Jersey fat tends to have more beta-carotene, resulting in golden colored marbling. One reason it is important to buy beef that is raised on pasture and hay not sprayed with chemical herbicides and pesticides is that these toxic chemicals are bio-concentrated in the fat, meat, and bones of the animal. Instead of high densities of toxic chemicals, our animals have high bio-concentrations of minerals and nutrients! Our animals have no antibiotics, no hormones, just tasty, healthy beef!


With your live animal purchase, we arrange the slaughter of the animal from our own farm in Sequim, WA. We then transport to our own processing center, Sunrise Meats in Port Angeles, WA. 


Your meat will be hung and dry-aged for 14-21 days to allow natural enzymes to tenderize and enhance the flavor. Our butchers will then call you and provide you with options for meat cuts (quantity of steaks, hamburger etc.). Your meat will then be custom cut and wrapped to your order.


Once your meat is chilled, it is ready for you to pick up in Port Angeles, WA at Sunrise Meats. We can't ship whole/half cow orders via UPS. Must be picked up.


We process our animals when they have gained adequate weight and are fat enough. Weight gain and fat gain can be affected by climate and the amount of green grass available. Our next scheduled processing date is mid-June.


Pricing for cow purchase

​*Half $4/lb hanging weight, plus +slaughter/butcher fees

​*Quarter (hind-quarter only) $4.25/lb hanging weight, +slaughter/butcher fees


Slaughter Fee:$130/whole, $65/half, $32.50/quarter.

Cut and package: ~ $0.75/lb of hanging weight . See Sunrise Meats butcher prices for current pricing


You pay Back to Dirt Farm the per lb hanging weight cost which covers the care of the animal and the slaughter fee.  The cut and wrap fees are paid separately to Sunrise Meats.


We harvest our animals at 18-22 months of age, with an expected weight around 900 pounds.

  • The live weight is obviously the weight of the live animal.
  • The hanging weight is the weight after the blood, hide and inedible parts are removed. The hanging weight is ~50-55% of the live weight (so approximately 225 lbs per half cow)
  • The cut weight is the weight of the actual meat after it is dry aged. Depending on how you have the animal butchered and whether you keep all of the liver, heart, tongue, kidney, and broth bones, you can expect to take home cuts equal to approximately 55%-78% of the hanging weight. (~Approximately 150 lbs of commercial cuts per 1/2 cow. If you include soup bones and organs yield will be higher.)


What will it cost, and how much meat will I get?

The cost ends up being a little bit less than $8 per pound of finished beef. Every animal is different, so these prices will vary based on the weight.


There are three different costs to calculate. Example below if for 1/2 cow:

  • The cost of the half animal is $4 per pound hanging weight, payable to the rancher.
  • The cost to have the animal slaughtered is $65. Included in our invoice to you. 
  • The cost to have the meat aged, cut, wrapped and frozen so it's ready to take home is $.75 per pound hanging weight but depends on your cut choices.


As an example, buying half of a 900 pound cow would cost:

$900 to the rancher for the animal care

$65 for the slaughter fee

$170 to the butcher for the aging, cutting, wrapping and freezing

$1,135 total for approximately 150 pounds of finished beef, or $7.56 per pound


What's the next step?

A deposit of $450 for a half cow // $250 for quarter cow. The remaining balance of the live animal purchase and slaughter is due to the farm upon delivery to the butcher (payments not made within 7 days of butcher delivery will result in a forfeight of your deposit and animal purchase - no exceptions) . Cut and Wrap fees are due when you pick up your meat from Sunrise Meats.




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    Address: 258914 Hwy 101
    Sequim, WA 98382


    Email:  emailus@backtodirtfarm.com

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