Is Buying A Whole Cow Worth It? | A Rancher’s Perspective

Have you ever considered buying a whole cow for beef in bulk? This is a trend that is growing rapidly as the cost of food continues to rise. Especially for those who love to cook and want to save money on their meat purchases, this can be a great way to save – as long as you know a few things first! Today I’m sharing from a rancher’s perspective about the process of buying a whole cow and whether or not it’s actually worth it.

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A rancher's perspective on whether or not buying a whole cow for beef in bulk is worth it.

Why are people buying a whole cow for beef?

You may be wondering why people even consider buying an entire cow for their beef supply. There are lots of great benefits to this instead of purchasing individual meat cuts at a grocery store! Here are a few that I hear most often:

Why You Should Buy A Whole Cow:

  • Steady supply of high-quality beef
  • Getting to know exactly where your meat comes from
  • Very cost effective
  • Ability to experiment with different types of cuts

What Is The Process Of Buying A Cow?

If you’re interested in buying a whole cow for beef, you’ll want to find a reputable farm or ranch that raises grass-fed cattle. Our farm is a great option if you’re local to North Dakota! We are able to connect you with a local butcher that we trust. Then, we coordinate getting the cow to the butcher where they can make your freezer-friendly cuts. This can help take a lot of the stress out of the process. You can be sure that the cow will be handled and processed safely and ethically without having to worry.

Once the cow has been processed, you’ll need to pick up your meat from the butcher. This is where things get interesting… you’ll be getting tons of different cuts of beef that you may or may not be familiar with! It can be a great opportunity to try out new recipes. However, it can also be overwhelming if you’re used to buying just a few select cuts from the grocery store.

Is It Worth buying a whole cow?

The short answer is…yes! If you have the space to store the meat and are willing to experiment with different cuts, then I totally recommend this process. Buying a whole cow for beef in bulk can be much more cost-effective than the grocery store. You’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing exactly where your meat came from and how it was processed!

Although I believe this is a great option, it’s important to know that buying a whole cow is not for everyone. If you have a small family or limited storage space, it might not make sense to buy that much meat at once. If you have specific cuts of beef you prefer, you might be better off buying those cuts individually from the grocery store.

What Does my family do?

We do both. My family buys cows for beef in bulk, but we also frequently buy our favorite cuts from the store! I have a front-row seat to seeing how our beef makes it into stores, and there’s nothing wrong with either option! It really comes down to your personal preferences and budget.

If I have a recipe in mind and I don’t have the cut I need in my freezer, I have no qualms about adding it to my grocery list. Especially if it’s on sale! I hope this gives you some peace of mind about buying your meat from your local store.

Buying a whole cow for beef in bulk can be a great way to save money on meat and try out new cuts of beef. Just make sure you consider your storage space and personal preferences before making the investment. If you’re interested in trying it out and it makes sense for you, we highly recommend reaching out to a local farmer or rancher to you and ask about their process.

If you have any questions about buying a cow and how I freeze my cuts – leave them in the comments.

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