FAQ


Can I purchase individual cuts?

Yes! Steaks, ground beef, burger patties, all beef skinless brats, beef sticks, beef summer sausage and beef jerky will be available for purchase directly from Purple Ribbon Beef.  View our Price Sheet for a complete list of what is available.

Whom do I pay?

You will pay Purple Ribbon Beef for the beef and you will pay the processor for the processing.

How many pounds of beef will I receive?

½ Beef carcass weighs about 400 Lbs. of beef
A whole beef will yield about 800 Lbs. of beef.

*While beef is dry aged about 2% shrinkage will occur with your meat. Also, some bones and extra fat are removed during processing. Typically, about 35-50% is "thrown away" meaning bones and fat are removed when the processor begins cutting the carcass. This 35-50% is referred to as a cutting loss.

Do you deliver beef to customers?

We will work with you on delivery if needed. Please contact us directly.

Once beef is delivered to the processing facility, when can I pick up my order?

Between 2-3 weeks. The beef will hang for approximately 14 days before it is processed into the cuts you want. Then the beef will be frozen solid.

How do I know which beef cuts are best for my family?

We will be happy to help you decide which beef cuts you will enjoy the most. You will also place your order directly with the processor who is very knowledgeable and a great resource.  

We have also provided this great resource on beef cuts and how they are best cooked as you will only want to get cuts your family will enjoy.  (Beef Cuts Resource from Beef Check Off)  

What is the smallest amount I can order?

The smallest amount you can order is ¼ beef. Or you can purchase individual cuts from our farm.

How much freezer space do I need?

One cubic foot of freezer space will hold approximately 30 Lbs. of beef.
½ Beef ~13-14 Cubic Ft. of Freezer Space

How long will the beef last in the freezer?

Approximately one year.

What is the age of the steer at processing time?

14-20 months.

What is the breed of cattle on your farm?

The cattle are Angus and Simmental based.

How are the cattle fed and cared for?

The cattle eat a diet of corn, hay or grass, and additional mineral supplements. A corn-fed diet results in a more tender and tastier beef. The steers have access to a barn year-round. We are highly committed to quality assurance, environmental stewardship, animal welfare, and sustainable farming practices.



Purchasing freezer beef is a smart decision for families. The freezer beef you purchase from Purple Ribbon Beef is of high quality, locally raised, and more flavorful than beef purchased at the grocery store. Our beef tastes better because the cattle are corn-fed. A corn-fed diet results in a more tender and tastier beef. In addition, when the beef is processed it is dry-aged 10-14 days. The dry-aged process allows the beef to increase in tenderness and a more beefy flavor than compared to the beef in grocery stores that is not dry-aged.

We currently have openings for freezer beef.  We are processing once a month.  If you would like to be placed on our reservation list please email us at contact@purpleribbonbeef.com .  You will be placed on a first come first served list.  Prices are subject to change.

Prices for our Corn Fed, No Added Hormone, Non Continuous Antibiotic, Age and Source Verified Beef are based on hanging weight.

Freezer Beef Pricing includes hanging weight and processing costs.
Customer may purchase any amount from a quarter to a whole beef.

Customer will work with the processor to have the beef cut to their preference. Purple Ribbon Beef uses LeWright  Meats in Eagle Grove, IA as the processor.  If a customer purchases a whole beef they may choose another processor.

Purple Ribbon will work with customer on delivery of of meat if they live further than 30 miles from Clarion, Ia.

Processing Price Break Down

  • $48 to slaughter (if only purchasing a quarter only pay ¼)
  • $0.65 per pound for processing
  • $0.80 per pound for ground beef
  • $35 for offal charge (removal of organs ect.)
  • Additional costs for special items


 

Whole- $2.25 per pound*

Avg. wt. 800 lbs. (Hanging Weight)
(Yields roughly 480 lbs. in your freezer after processing which equates to an approximate cost of $5.03/lb. for all trimmed cuts, including steaks)*Prices subject to change

Half- $2.25 per pound*

Avg. wt. 400 lbs. (Hanging Weight)
(Yields roughly 240 lbs. in your freezer after processing which equates to an approximate cost of $5.03/lb. for all trimmed cuts, including steaks)*Prices subject to change  

Quarter- $2.25 per pound*

Avg. wt. 200 lbs. (Hanging Weight)
(Yields roughly 120 lbs. in your freezer after processing which equates to an approximate cost of $5.03/lb. for all trimmed cuts, including steaks)*Prices subject to change

Freezer Beef Pricing & General Information

How Much do I get?
ItemWhole Beef
(Avg Hanging Wt 800lbs)
Half Beef
(Avg Hanging Wt 400lbs)
Quarter Beef
(Avg Hanging Wt 200lbs)
Ribeye*32168
New York Strips*28147
Filets*28147
Flat Irons*20105
Sirloins*26105
Brisket210
Roasts(Rump, Arm,
Chuck)
1684
Ground Beef185125

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*Steaks cut about an inch thck



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