Thats really going to vary regionally, in new england i pay $4 /lbs. For organic grassfed beef if i buy half a cow at a time, but i buy alot of hay and other stuff from the farmer and im friendly with him so i think im getting a buddy price, i know he's not losing on the deal... I know when we sold pigs we lost our shirts on the butchering, so if i was going to sell pigs again i would charge for the pig itself and have the customer settle up with the butcher themselves to save myself the grief... Im tired and fuzzy on the numbers but the farm raises pork is right up with beef.
https://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/feeder-and-replacement-cattle-auctions this should give you a rough estimate about the price per pound in your area (sheep can be googled separately) . If not bought from the auction obviously it will be more. For butchering fees contact your local butcher. For commercial resale, you have to contact a USDA butcher, but otherwise any local trustworthy butcher can do just as fine of a job. A fair warning, butchering prices are not cheap, one reason why we never used one.
Thanks for the tips.
Hi Paula, I saw your post regarding beef. Maybe you already have your information but I thought I would offer my experience. Below is an example of beef prices that I’ve dealt with.
$3 per lb based on the hanging weight. Example 1/2 Steer weighs 300-350 lbs hanging x $3= $900-$1050+ customer pays butcher costs. Cut & wrap is about 75 cents per lb. $225-$262. Rancher pays the slaughter fee and delivery.
hope this helps.
Recent price in Ohio is $3.09 for beef half and $2.69 for whole pig hanging weight from custom butcher. Cost is all in and you specify what cuts you want.