Our animals are slaughtered, dry aged and packaged at TK Ranch, which is less than 50 km from our farm. The packages are all vacuum sealed including all individual steaks. Things like lean ground, stew meat and stir fry are all vacuum sealed in one pound packages that are frozen flat for your convenience when storing our beef in your freezer.
We have recently updated our online store and delivery policy. Our store now has three categories: Beef Boxes, Individual Add On Products and Steaks. The beef boxes are combinations of popular cuts paired with ground beef at a slightly better price than buying them individually. The Individual Add On Products category lets you pick and choose what you want. The Steaks category are for – steaks (now with some ground beef included). Delivery is $25 but if your order is $300 or more, then the delivery fee is waived.
Our beef comes from happy, healthy Murray Grey and Angus cross cows, which are known for their excellent tenderness and marbling. It is antibiotic and synthetic hormone free.
Our animals are raised on a combination of grass and whole plant cereals through swath grazing, and finished with a moderate amount of grain (1/2 of what they would get in a feedlot), for an excellent flavor combination.
Contrast this with beef processed in the large packing plants where the animal is slaughtered and cut up on the same day, with no dry aging. This means you are not paying for water and you get the maximum flavor so that you have an overall amazing #craftbeef experience when you eat our beef.
Buy Your Beef from us in Bulk! On Farm Slaughter Option
We have new options that allow you to get your beef in bulk, processed how you want and at a reduced overall price compared to the grocery store or our online store.
The new Alberta on-farm slaughter regulations allow us to sell a a live animal to up to 4 different people. This means we can sell a customer a quarter, a half or a whole animal and use an even more local butcher (Blue Door Butchers is only about 10 km from our farm). We are very enthusiastic about these new options because most families do not have the freezer space or use enough beef to get a whole animal at one time.
We sell the animal based on the hanging, cold dry aged weight that is taken by the butcher before he cuts up and packages the beef. You are responsible for telling the butchers how you want it cut up and packaged and have to pay the butcher directly – we send you a copy of their prices and a cutting instructions sheet and you can talk directly to them about the cutting instructions. About 3 weeks after the slaughter date, the beef would be ready and we would deliver it to your place at your convenience (within the regular Highway 2 corridor that we deliver to).
Bruce Downey does our mobile on-farm abattoir service and delivers it to Blue Door Butchers (Callum Morrison).
Here is a approximate scenario to give you an idea of what to expect. If the live animal weighs about 1300 lb, the hanging weight will be about 60% of that, so 1300 X 0.6 = 780 lb. During the cold dry aging hang time, the sides of beef lose about 4 % of their weight (excess water). 780 lb X .96 = 749 lb. For the spring/summer of 2022, we would charge you $4.50/lb X 749 = $3370.50. Depending on how you get the animal cut up, the actual weight of the meat that you take home will be about 65% of the hanging weight, so 749 X .65 = 487 lb. This is a number that most farms do not tell you about, so we are just warning you so you are not disappointed when you add up the weight the beef that we deliver. So you would need to pay us $3370.50 for the animal, the slaughter fee of $125, and the butcher about $500, depending on your cutting and packaging. This scenario is for a typical steer. If you want a smaller animal, a heifer is usually about 1100 pounds live. If you are buying a half, cut the weights and prices by 1/2 and if a quarter by 3/4. Note: If you are buying a quarter, you or we will have to find someone else who wants their quarter with similar cutting instructions so the half can be can evenly split in half. No problem billing you separately but the cutting instructions have to be pretty much the same.
Other farms might sell you the animal for a little less straight from a feedlot but we feel we have a superior product. Animals from a more conventional feedlot type operation are younger and frankly, morbidly obese when they go to market, at about 18-20 months of age. We find beef like that (and what is in the grocery stores) does not have as much flavor because of that lack of age. Our animals are hand fed half as much grain (so up to 12 lb per day for a large steer) and finished on grass or green hay and the lower amount of grain. Our animals are more fit and are 23 – 30 months of age when they go to market and we find that the flavor is much better on our beef because of it. We do not use injected synthetic hormones in our animals. Also, because of the cold, dry aging hanging time, you are not paying for excess water like you do when you buy grocery store beef that has been slaughtered, processed and packaged within a few hours.
We collect a deposit of $1500, $750, or $375 to start the process, a little less than half of the cost, then collect the balance just before delivery. E-transfer is preferred for the final amount. You can start the process by putting down a deposit on an animal or a portion of an animal on our online store here: http://www.cabinonthecoulee.farm/store
We don’t think you will get better beef anywhere else! Phone Eric at 587-876-3121 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the conversation.