Today, we went and picked up our side-o-beef. We have found this to be the most economical way to do beef.
The live weight was 1190 lbs, so our half would be 595 lbs. The hanging weight (that is what the processing is based on) was 368 lbs, and we ended up with 205 lbs of meat (91 lbs hamburger, 47 lbs roasts, and 67 lbs steaks).
So, for a freezer full of meat, we paid $3.85 per pound. The beef is raised by one of my friends at work and it is hormone free and very lean.
Life is good sometimes :o)