BUTCHER'S CUT SHEET
In preparing the cow for butchering, we use what is called a “Cut Sheet”.
This tells them specifically how a customer wants their side or whole animal prepared. Whether you are a first time buyer of bulk beef or you do this
every year, our goal is to make this easy and stress free.
Use Information Sheet for Reference (Page 1)
Use Cut Sheet to Specify Preferred Cuts (Page 2)
Specify Whole Cow / Divide By Two for Half Cow
RGFB Butchers Cut Sheet Form.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.2 MB]
What are you looking at?
A 1,300 pound Steer typically yields 650 pounds which translates to:
- 450 pounds of boneless trimmed beef
120 pounds of fat trim
90 pounds of bone
An example of how the 450 pounds of boneless trimmed beef could break out includes:
- 165 pounds lean trim ground beef
- 80 pounds round roasts
- 85 pounds of chuck roasts & steaks
- 75 pounds of rib and loin steaks
- 45 pounds other (brisket, flank, short rib and skirt steak)
- The actual weight of the animal will vary and will affect the number of cuts.
Key things to ask yourself are:
- Do you prefer steaks or roasts? For which cuts?
- How thick do you want your steaks?
- What size servings for ground beef, stew and fajita meats? (i.e. 1lb or more)
- Selecting one particular cut may reduce or limit another cut.
- If you order a whole cow, you can cut each side differently. One for roasts and the other for steaks.
Butchering tips to keep in mind:
- T-Bones and Porterhouse come from the same cut as NY Strips and Filet Mignon. So, you’ll have to decide on one or the other.
- Sirloin- You can use all as steak, or do half steak and the other half cut thinner and tenderized and made into fajita meat.
- Skirt and Flank Steak- These are best being tenderized and used for
- Round Steak- Tenderized or non-tenderized.
(Can also use for boneless stew, lean cutlets, or add to ground beef)
- Tri Tip Roast – Can be cut as 2 roasts or tenderized cutlets
Typical Prime cut counts from your cow:
Ribeyes or Ribsteaks (@10-12)
T-bones and Porterhouses (@10-12)
New York Strips (@8-10)
Ground beef (between 120-160lbs.)
Shank Bones- used for soup or Osso Buco
Soup Bones – Dogs love them and will love you.