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Half-Cow freezer space?

Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 9,322
Ok, so a deal fell into my lap.  Short version, getting 1/2 a cow for $1/lb.  Was told cows yield about 40% of their hoof weight.  So 1/2 a ~1400lb cow gets around 300/lbs meat.

I left my upright freezer at my old house and need a new one.  About how big a freezer do I need?
If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

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  • dmchicagodmchicago Posts: 1,515
    Too much math.
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 13,977
    Paging @20stone and @SGH ;
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 13,977
    Hats off to you Ozzie, by the way, for using a half cow as an excuse to buy a new upright freezer.  
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  • jabamjabam Posts: 1,829
    I get 1/2 beef every 6 months from my work.  Anything over 10 cu ft will be plenty of space  
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  • WoodchunkWoodchunk Posts: 911
    Are you paying $1pp for 1/2 of the hoof weight or the final finished weight? 
  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,002
    I recently picked up and half, and it took this much space in a 15 ft3 upright:








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  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 9,322
    Woodchunk said:
    Are you paying $1pp for 1/2 of the hoof weight or the final finished weight? 
    finished weight :)
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 1,451
    That’s a good price! 
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • WoodchunkWoodchunk Posts: 911
    Woodchunk said:
    Are you paying $1pp for 1/2 of the hoof weight or the final finished weight? 
    finished weight :)
    Wow, Eggcellent deal
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 9,322
    CTMike said:
    I recently picked up and half, and it took this much space in a 15 ft3 upright:

    Perfect, exactly the pic I was looking for.  Thank you.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 9,322
    edited January 7
    That’s a good price! 
    Woodchunk said:
    Wow, Eggcellent deal
    This was a case of better lucky than good.  A friend of mine was paid with a cow.  They didn't need the whole cow, so they offered me the other half for $1/lb.  I actually agreed to the half before they told me the price.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • That’s a steal!  The best I find with local grain fed Angus is $1.90 lb hanging weight.  The locker charges a $55 slaughter fee, and $0.65/lb to process, cut , wrap, and freeze.

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  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 1,451
     See if they can vacuum seal it too. The bags of burger tend to make a mess when thawing 
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 8,018
    In the words of the immortal @lousubcap.  The freakin' cow drives the freezer space.
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  • Matt86mMatt86m Posts: 180
    Good,,,,that's a damn great price!!!!!
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  • ToxarchToxarch Posts: 1,798
    It'll probably be 36%, but 40% is a safe guess. You figure 40% is lost as skin and guts, then 40% loss as bones and trimmings. $1/pound processed is a really good price. 
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