Where does our beef come from?
Podunk’s Beef’s whole, half, and quarter steer sales all come from grass-fed cattle born locally in Southwest Colorado. Our cattle spend the summers grazing in the high country above Dolores, Colorado. They are full sized and ready to go after their second summer in the high country. They come home to Podunk's Ranch happy and healthy each fall until late spring.
Why buy big?
If you love grass-fed beef that’s finished with a touch of homegrown goodness, our whole, half and quarter steer options could save you a lot of money. A whole steer purchase can save up to $1000 compared to the cost of purchasing the same weight of beef in individual cuts over time. Our bulk prices are extremely low, and a walk to the freezer is much quicker than a trip to the grocery store. In addition, you know where your beef comes from and supporting a local woman-owned ranch is just cool.
Third Generation Family Land
Our pricing is based on the hanging weight of each steer. Hanging weight is the weight of the steer as it hangs in the butcher's cooler once the head, hide, feet, organs and blood are removed. For our cattle, hanging weight averages 600-800 pounds but varies by individual steer. We charge $5.00 per pound hanging weight. An individual steer's hanging weight, and the final price, are determined at processing. A customer can expect 40 - 60% meat weight for their freezer.
To reserve an order, we ask that customers pay a deposit. Deposit amounts are as follows: $1,500 for whole steer, $1,000 for half steer, $500 for quarter steer. Your deposit is a down payment toward the total cost. Total costs vary by steer with an average of $3,800 for whole steer, $1,900 for half steer, and $950 for quarter steer.
At the time of processing, the final balance includes the processing fee (butcher cost), the difference between the hanging weight base price (at a rate of $5.00 per pound), and the deposit previously paid. The final balance must be paid prior to pick-up and the processing fee paid at time of pick-up.
Sustainable Ranching Practices
Sustainable and regenerative ranching practices are a high priority here at Podunk's. I work the land and educate myself about what is best for building soil, while also providing the most nutrient-rich pasture.
What You Get
We offer customized whole, half, and quarter beef purchases. Podunk's Ranch is proud of our established relationship with Road 39 Ranch. A USDA meat processing plant in Mancos, Co. The butcher, Benjamin Moore's vast skill and education in regards to meat processing is admirable. Road 39 Ranch charges $1.15 per lbs. paper wrapped with film and $1.50 per lbs. vacuum packed. The cuts are individually wrapped and cut to customers preference and then frozen for pick-up. Ben's team boxes the beef for ease of pick-up. We put each customer directly in touch with our processor to optimize their order. Please note the following:
- There are several premium cuts of beef that come from the same parts of a steer. Depending on the cuts you are looking for, you may be faced with an either/or decision. Our processor will help you understand the options.
- Quantities and availability of specific individual cuts will vary from steer to steer.
We accept cash (in-person), check (by mail), or online payments. Once you place your order, we'll confirm our inventory and respond within 3 business days. Please contact Lanea or call 970-672-0720 to confirm availability before buying online.
Note: Please understand that buying a quarter steer will require that I have a whole steer sold. If you have friends or family that want to share your beef purchase this ensures optimum timely butchering for your needs.