Alex and Shannon surveying the herd.

Lick Skillet's Fall Harvest Program

Cuts in a whole beef share


Why is there a Fall Harvest sales event?

Fall is the harvest season, between the summer growing season, and the winter “sleep” season.  The higher volume of animals at this time allows us to offer our lowest prices of the year (with savings up to 30%!).  We can even justify hiring an ultrasound technician to evaluate every steer individually to ensure it's are harvested at its peak level of finish and quality.  In other words, highest quality and lowest price - you can't go wrong!

What does it mean to buy a share?

The concept of buying a share in a beef is centuries old. Rather than
buying one cut at a time, you are buying a portion of all the cuts in an
animal in a single purchase. We offer ¼, ½, and full shares. These
include a minimum of 100, 200, and 400 lbs of meat. Each share gets its
own portion of steaks, roasts, and ground meat, so these comprise
approximately ¼. ¼, and ½ of each share.

Why does a full-grown steer only produce 400 pounds of beef?

Our fattened steers weigh an average of 1,200 lbs. The carcass makes up about half of that total. Of the carcass, about 1/3 is made of up fat, bone, and less popular cuts like organ meats. We only include our most popular steaks, roasts, and ground meat in our shares, to ensure you pay for only the products you want. As a result, a 1,200-lb steer produces 400 lbs of premium product.

How big is share physically? How much freezer space will it require?

The quarter, half, and whole shares correspond to approximately 100, 200, and 400 pounds of beef. We vacuum pack everything (some steaks come two per pack, and most burgers come 6 per pack) and then box everything up in sturdy cardboard boxes
with approximately 33 lbs in each box. To visualize this, consider that each box holds about as much as a standard 48-quart ice chest. In your freezer, the quarter share requires about 5 cubic feet, about ¼ of the normal 20 cubic foot chest freezer. Similarly, a half beef requires about half a 20-foot chest freezer, and a whole beef requires pretty much all of a 20-foot chest freezer.

What cuts will I get?

Each share will include 25% steaks, 25% roasts, and 50% ground meat. Not all cuts come in nice multiples so we can guarantee the same number in each order. For example, there is only 1 hanger steak per animal, so not every order can include a hanger steak. The steaks will include a mix of fillets, rib eyes, New York strips, sirloins, flanks, briskets, and skirts. The roasts will include a mix of chuck, round, shanks, and some stew/kabob meat. The ground meat will be half pre-formed patties, and half bulk bricks. All of these estimates are approximations. We guarantee you will get at least 100, 200, or 400 pounds for your quarter, half, or whole shares, but the specific mix of items will vary some from animal to animal. If you get more of one, you’ll get less of the other.

What about the parts of the animals I don’t want?

Unlike most offers to buy shares of a beef, we only include our most popular items. The tallow (fat), bones, and organs are not included in your shares, so you are not paying for items you are less likely to use. If you want any of these items, we have them for sale individually.

Why are the animals in the Fall Harvest sale evaluated with ultrasound scanning?

Ultrasounding our live steers allows us to access their level of finish and the all-important marbling. This is an added expense, and no one else in our region uses ultrasound to assess finish. In fact, during most of the year, even we don’t normally have the volume of animals to make ultrasound practical. But during the Fall Harvest, we are moving enough cattle that it is worth the effort. It costs money and takes time, but it allows us to ensure that every steer is harvested at his peak level of finish, giving you the best possible beef.

Can I partner with someone else on a share?

Yes! We encourage this. Find friends or family to go in with you on an order, and you’ll all save significantly more. For example, if two friends were going to by quarters individually, and instead they split a half, they would get exactly the same product at a reduced price. You’ll need to make all the arrangements yourself, but by creating a little buying club, you can share in both the experience and the savings.

When do I pay?

You can reserve your share by making a 10%, refundable security deposit. Once your animal is processed, we will contact you with an final invoice and a pick-up date.

When will I get the meat?

Since we will only harvest each steer when he is well-finished, we cannot give you a precise date, but we anticipate all of the steers being ready to harvest this fall. So, expect sometime between mid-October and Christmas.  (Don't worry, we won't mess up your Christmas plans - we can work around it.) We will keep all share owners informed of our progress, and as animals finish, we will fill orders in the same sequence as they were placed. So, if you want to get your beef as early as possible, you need to place your order as early as possible.

How will I pick up my meat?

When we notify you that your beef is ready, you’ll follow a link to pay any balance you owe at our website, and then you’ll select a weekend afternoon to come out to the farm for your beef. Once you are here, we’ll load you up with boxes about the size of a standard 48-quart cooler, each weighing approximately 33 pounds. You’ll need to have your freezer running and ready back at home so you can store your meat with out its thawing. Don’t worry – packed in 33-pound boxes, it will remain safely frozen for quite a while.

Beef Shares:

1/12 Beef SHARE

ON SALE! Save $37.00
$328.00/ea (33lb Box)
10% Off 1/12 Beef SHARE

1/6 Beef SHARE

ON SALE! Save $110.00
$620.00/ea ("66lbs" Two 33lb Boxes)
15% Off 1/6 Beef SHARE

1/4 Beef SHARE

ON SALE! Save $219.00
$877.00/ea ("100lbs" Three 33lb Boxes)
20% Off 1/4 Beef SHARE

1/2 Beef SHARE

ON SALE! Save $548.00
$1,644.00/ea ("200lb" Six 33lb Boxes)
25% Off 1/2 Beef SHARE

Whole Beef SHARE

ON SALE! Save $1,314.00
$3,068.00/ea ("400lbs" Twelve 33lb Boxes)
30% Off Whole Beef SHARE

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