If you have a chest freezer, and tend to enjoy a delicious beef meal at least a couple of times a week, then your best value is to order a whole, side, or half-side of Whispering Meadows beef — sometimes referred to as a whole cow, half cow, or quarter cow.
For most families, a side of beef will last you around a year, and will fill about a half of the volume of an average chest freezer.
Compared to buying the same amount of beef in individual cuts, getting a side of beef will save you about $1,575 — plus it gives you the convenience of having a great variety of meat on hand whenever you need it.
Have your steaks and roasts cut your way!
Ordering by the side gives you the chance to have your beef custom cut to your specifications. It then gets packaged as individual cuts, labelled, and flash-frozen at its peak of freshness.
Ordering a whole, side or half-side gives you the choice of how much of your beef you would like in steaks, roasts, or ground — and exactly which way you would like them.
…you can have the loin cut either as T-bone steaks, or separated into striploin and tenderloin steaks or roasts.
“Awesome! You already know how much we love your beef!”
Barb & Steve Renwick, Kitchener
…there are some premium steaks, like the merlot, flat iron, and denver steaks, that can be cut from the round and the shoulder. Or you can keep them in roasts.
…you can have your short ribs cut in different ways: English-style short ribs are cut parallel to the ribs into longer sections, with a rib in the middle of each piece. Korean kalbi-style ribs are cut thinly across the bones. Flanken style ribs are similar to Korean, but cut into thicker sections, giving around 2”-long short ribs.
Many other cut options are available, and we’ll help you make the best selections for your family. We have a personalized cut preference sheet that we can walk you through before your beef is cut, so you get exactly the mix of beef that best suits your needs.
Please note that if you are ordering a half-side, you might have to compromise a little with the person who is ordering the other half of the side. There are some cutting options that can only be done one way for the side.
This video gives a great overview of the process of cutting a side of beef:
A note about dressed weight
Like all beef producers, we sell our beef based on dressed weight. That means the sides are weighed when they are first hung to dry-age, which is called the hot dressed weight or the hanging weight.
Over the course of the aging process, the beef loses some of its weight through moisture loss. Then when the side is butchered into individual cuts, most of the bones and fat are removed. So the overall cut weight of your beef will be around 60-65% of the hanging hot dressed weight.
That’s how the beef industry works, and the pricing is set with the expected weight reduction in mind.
On average, each of our sides weighs around 340lbs of beef, and half-sides about 170lbs, hanging dressed weight. To order, we take a deposit of $125 for a half-side, $250 for a full side, or $500 for a whole. Your balance will then be calculated from the actual weight of your side(s), minus deposit.
Grass-fed or grain-finished beef
“Randy is an amazing young man and his products are unparalleled! He came to my rescue for a beef order Dec 23rd in snowy icy weather. He delivered right to my door! My son, a self proclaimed expert on beef, said that the steaks were by far the best he had EVER had. We had several family dinners enjoying Randy’s farm products. This will def be the #1 place to buy from now on! You have to try it!”
Anita S., Toronto
When you order your side of beef – as with our individual cuts – we offer you the choice of grassfed or grain-finished beef.
Our grass-fed beef is raised 100% on our rich blend of organically-grown field grasses, and nothing else — it is sometimes also called grass-finished beef. Grass-fed beef is considered by many people to be the healthiest, most natural form of beef, with the most complex flavour profile and the richest nutritional value. However, it does take a little more care to cook it to perfection. We always recommend a slow roast followed by a rest, then a hot sear.
Our grain-finished beef is also grass-fed for its entire life, plus it’s supplemented with organic whole non-GMO grains to give the meat extra sweetness and tenderness. This is the more traditional beef that we’ve been producing at Whispering Meadows for generations, and it’s what we would recommend if you can’t decide between the two options.
Need more info? You can read more details about choosing between grass-fed and grain-finished beef here.
An outstanding value for beef
We price both our grassfed and grain-finished beef at $8.10 per pound, dressed weight. Once butchered into individual cuts, that works out to about $12.95 per pound ($2.85/100g), cut weight.
An average half-side (quarter cow) is between $1,200 and $1,300, and saves you about $787 compared to buying the same amount of beef in individual cuts. This is a great choice for a single person or small family — just remember that because a side can only be cut one way, and you’ll be splitting it with another customer, it’s possible that you’ll have to compromise a little on your cutting preferences.
An average side of beef (a half cow) works out to between $2,400 and $2,600. Compared to ordering the same amount of beef in individual cuts, an average-sized side of beef saves you around $1,575. For a family with two or three kids, you can expect this to last you around a year.
If you would like to order a whole cow (two sides), it will be somewhere around $4,800 to $5,200. This will give you a savings of around $3,150 compared to the price of all the individual cuts that make up a whole animal.
These prices are lower than you would pay for most supermarket cuts of factory-farm beef, and an especially great deal compared to buying premium cuts at a specialty butcher — if you can even find comparable quality. We think you’ll find that our beef is the best you can find anywhere, and an outstanding value all around.
Shipping is free to Southern Ontario for orders that contain a whole, side or half-side of beef.
Choose your packaging
Once your side is butchered, we have two options for wrapping the individual cuts of beef: butcher paper or vacuum sealing.
Butcher paper is the traditional wrapping method, and it does a good job of protecting the meat. However it is not fully air-tight, so if you store your meat long-term in the freezer, there is a chance that some drying or freezer burn may eventually happen.
Vacuum sealing gives the best protection for your meat, and minimizes the chance of any wastage. We use polyethylene vacuum-sealing bags, which are considered the most food-safe, non-offgassing, and fully-recyclable option. They also have the added benefit that you can sous-vide your meat, directly from frozen, right in the original packaging — our favourite method to cook the most perfect beef.
There is no charge to have your beef cuts individually wrapped in butcher paper. To reflect the actual cost of materials and labour, we add an extra 50¢/lb for vacuum sealing.
It’s easy to order:
To shop online, just select the options you want below, and click the Add To Cart button. Your deposit secures your order, with the balance due on pickup or delivery. Our easy checkout process accepts Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, cheque, or money order.
You’re also welcome to phone in your order by calling us toll-free: 1-800-439-3081 — and please call any time if you have questions!
Once you’ve placed your order, remember to fill out and send us your Beef Cut Sheet (PDF).
Thank you — and enjoy your delicious beef,