Freezer Beef & Pork FAQs
Find answers to your questions below and reserve your meat here.
How his different than buying in the store?
Instead of buying pork and beef at the grocery store every time you need it, buying in bulk from Stith Family Farms not only helps you have more direct control over the quality of the meat you purchase, but it’s more convenient and cost-effective. You pay a flat price for all cuts by the pound, so your higher priced types of meat, such as chops, steaks, ribs, and hams are less costly. Purchasing directly from our farm means there are fewer expenses built into our prices, such as transportation to a grocery store and their profit margins. Most importantly, you know where your food is coming from and you’re supporting YOUR family’s personal farm. You are always welcome to come visit our farm and see in person how we care for our animals, as we are proud of the extra effort we make to produce high-quality, humanely raised pork and beef.
Do you use growth hormones, steroids, or antibiotics in the feed?
No, no, and no. We feed our livestock non-GMO corn.
Is your meat organic?
No, the non-GMO grains we feed our animals are grown with the help of fertilizers to add nutrients for plant growth and herbicides to control weeds, although we do not spray our corn with herbicides late in the growing season, and our corn cannot be sprayed with broad spectrum herbicides, such as Roundup. Our herd animals are given a product once a year to control internal and external parasites. Antibiotics are only use if an animal is sick and those animals are not sold to customers.
How do I place an order?
We take orders in advance because you will be purchasing part of a live animal rather than individual cuts of meat by the pound (but don’t worry, we keep them happy on our farm until they’re ready to end up on your plate!). Complete our online order form to reserve your portion and pay your deposit. We’ll confirm your order prior to processing. Deposit rates are:
Half hog: $100
Quarter beef: $100
This cost will be deducted from your final bill. Stith Family Farms will bill you for the price of the animal AND processing prior to your scheduled pickup date. Our deposits are nonrefundable because should you change your mind and not want your pork or beef, it can be hard to find someone to take a bulk order on short notice and they could take up a lot of room in our freezers if we needed to store several.
How much does it cost?
Because each individual animal is different, weights upon processing will vary slightly. Your family’s cost is based on the live weight when your animal is delivered for processing. Our current rates are $1.40/lb for hogs and $1.65/lb for beef. We have attached a sample cut list for each item (quarter beef/half hog) to their respective pages. The average cost of a half hog is $350-400 including processing. The average cost of a quarter beef is $625-$675 including processing.
What if I need a smaller quantity of meat?
You can purchase individual cuts of beef and pork on our website. For the most cost-effective price, customers may consider combining a bulk freezer order with friends or family so you can order a quarter and end up with a smaller quantity based on your personal arrangements.
When will my pork and beef be ready?
We take orders year round and have a steady supply of beef and pork. We will generally do most of our quarter beef in the summer and most of our half hogs in the winter. We will also send emails to all of our subscribers periodically to alert them of upcoming opportunities to purchase bulk beef or pork. Your estimated pickup time is generally listed on the page for the specific item you're interested in at the time of your purchase and we will also reach out following your purchase to keep you updated concerning the schedule.
How long does my meat keep in the freezer and how much space do I need?
If properly stored, paper-wrapped meat is best used within a year, while vacuum-sealed meat lasts for about a year and a half. A whole hog takes up approximately 7-8 cubic feet of freezer space and a half beef takes 7-8 cubic feet.
How do I pay?
You can checkout via the website to pay your deposit. The remaining balance can be paid with a credit card via an online invoice or by cash, check or card at pickup. Feel free to contact us with any questions, message our Facebook page, or call 270-945-2433.
How much meat will I get?
While we can estimate an average package, there’s no exact answer to this question due to the variance between animals. Here’s a great resource from the American Association of Meat Processors that explains how you can estimate finished product in pounds. We estimate the following amounts:
Half hog: 100 pounds of meat
Quarter side of beef: 100 – 125 pounds of meat