We are receiving an increased number of requests for locally produced beef due to store shortages and supply uncertainty. We are making every effort to respond to hardships caused by COVID 19 by doubling our reserved orders. Unlike a manufactured item, we cannot create more beef simply by working longer hours. Our steers must have time to grow. The high quality of the product we offer is a result of extended time on pasture. We are scheduled to process two animals per month as they reach slaughter weight. Current orders are backed up into September deliveries. Should any of our steers gain weight faster than anticipated, we will bump-up our deliveries sooner. Pray for rain!
Beef Ordering Info:
Bandera Grassland Grassfed longhorn beef is available for purchase in whole carcasses, sides, quarters and eighth carcasses. Whole carcass and sides are priced is $8.50 per pound. Side weights vary from 204 to 238 pounds, so the average price is $1878.50 per side. Quarter and eighth carcasses consisting of equal cuts from the fore and hindquarters are priced at $8.75 per pound. Quarters average 110 pounds each, so the quarter price will be around $967, and eighths average $483. Organ meats (liver, heart, kidney and tongue) are sold separately at $3.25 per pound.
The cost break for sides and whole carcasses comes from ease of boxing at the processor. It takes approximately one hour per steer to separate into quarters or eighth orders. We are not able to offer side prices to customers that request the order be split into separate boxes for more than one buyer splitting the order.
We serve the Austin and San Antonio areas and points in-between and are able to economically ship small orders via UPS to cites in Texas that are within the overnight delivery area for UPS Ground shipping service. However, we do not ship during summer months.
The quarters and eighths we sell contain mixed cuts from both the forequarter and hindquarter. The break down of a carcass is approximately 50% trim that is ground for hamburger, 15% premium steaks and 35% other cuts. A quarter will contain approximately:
Sides contain approximately double the quantity of the same cuts except customers may request the brisket and tenderloin be left whole, and ox tail is included. Eighths contain approximately half the quantity of the same cuts as the quarter.
Great carcass cutting video.
Cooking Tips: We often tell people to cook Grassfed meats over a low flame to avoid loss of moisture because Grassfed meats are lean and lack the fat content that gives steaks from grain-fed meats the appearance of juiciness. To reserve the actual moisture in your meats, sear briefly over high flame to seal in the juices, then reduce the heat for cooking. Shannon Hayes, author of The Grassfed Gourmet cookbook, says it best here.
Orders for Sides of Beef include cuts from all sections listed above.
How much freezer space is needed? One cubic foot of freezer space will hold approximately 45 pounds of beef. One whole beef will fill a full-size 10 cu. ft. freezer.We no longer keep unsold quantities of beef in stock for sale. All of our custom bulk orders are pre-sold as cow shares. We take animals to process almost every month during the year, so please email the quantity you want to reserve and your preference for the month you would like it. Record-keeping for labeled product became so burdensome for our meat processor we opted out of offering labeled portions for sale. The only difference our customers will see is the packages of beef will be stamped "Not for Sale." You will be purchasing a portion of the live animal versus purchasing labeled product. Price is calculated on product weight. Our plant Inspector will still assure every carcass is healthy and free from disease, the meat just won't carry a retail label. We will have to wait to take animals to the processor until the entire carcass is reserved in cow shares, so please be patient.
Texas Drought News:
We made it through nine years of drought that was only broken by a rainy growing season in 2007. We had to reduce our numbers to comparable with available forage on our ranch to preserve both the health of our range soils and health and genetics of our core breeding herd. This dictated the number of beef calves we keep to grow out for meat sales. We are cautious about building our herd numbers too quickly without certainty of weather patterns. We are of the opinion climate change has forever reduced the number of beef animals, particularly Grassfed, that Texas is able to supply to the market. Regardless of short periods of moisture, the drought historical records tell the truth. In the spring of 2012, our Seco Valley Ranch was green with legumes for the first time since the spring of 2010, but warm season grasses that were damaged in the drought had a hard time recovering. Time will reveal how many years are required for healthy climax species of forage to return to this area, or if those species change. We will do our part through planned and managed grazing and closely monitoring our stocking rate. Locally produced, source verified from birth to harvest, Grassfed meats will be scarce and expensive in the coming years.
Our focus is to preserve for the benefit of future generations, heritage Texas Longhorn cattle declared a critically endangered breed by the Livestock Conservancy. Bandera Grassland is the result of our desire to create a viable market for this breed so ranchers will continue to raise them. We reserve our heifer calves to provide replacement breeding animals for other ranchers. Our goal is to make available the right kind of cattle for ranchers building herds. There are numerous horned cattle on the market that we refer to as "wronghorns" because they are introgressed with Bos Indicus genetics. The Cattlemen’s Texas Longhorn Registry reports there are fewer than 3000 historically correct, genetically pure Texas Longhorn cattle in existence. These are animals whose genotypes reflect descent only from Iberian stock brought to the New World by Spanish explorers in the 1500's with no recent introgression from other breeds. These are the kind of cattle we raise. Unlike many other beef breeds they are endangered and not available like a widget from your local supercenter livestock auction.
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P.O. Box 122, Tarpley, Texas 78883 - (830) 562-3650