Quarters, Halves & Whole

By purchasing beef in the form of a half or whole beef you get the most bang for your buck. However, it is a bulk purchase and is much different than selecting one package of steaks to buy for dinner tonight. If a half beef is too much for your family, a half can be split into quarters for you and a friend!


Signing up for our newsletter is your best bet to reserve a half or whole beef. Bulk beef will be available first to our newsletter subscribers and then advertised on social media on a first come, first serve basis. We butcher animals three or four times a year and custom halves and whole beef are only available at this time. Run out of beef and waiting for the next time we butcher? Try a box of beef or a standard cut quarter to tide you over.

Our half and whole beef are sold on hanging weight which is the weight of the carcass in the butcher's cooler. All of our beef is dry aged for a minimum of 14 days to provide a tender and flavourful product.

Live Weight

This is the weight of the animal before slaughter.

Hanging Weight

The hanging weight is what is in the butcher's cooler after slaughter. It's what remains after the removal of organs, hide, etc.

Take Home

During cut and wrap, excess bone, fat and gristle is removed. What remains is the beef that you take home from the butcher, also called the take home weight.

Each individual animal is unique. Hanging weight, and therefore take home weight, will vary depending on the age, size, sex and breed of the animal among other factors. Your take home weight is approximately 65% of the hanging weight depending on your cutting instructions. For example, requesting boneless steaks will reduce your take home weight compared to ordering rib and t-bone steaks.

Whole Beef

A whole carcass averages 670 lbs hanging weight.

Half Beef

A half averages 335 lbs hanging weight.

Quarter Beef

A quarter averages 168 lbs hanging weight.

Jackknife Creek Beef is sold as a half and whole beef and the price is charged by hanging weight. Customers have the option of supplying custom cutting instructions including thickness of steaks, size of roasts and type of cuts.

We'll walk you through the process and explain the different cut options. Or you can use our standard cutting instructions.

Price for Beef

We charge $3.50/lb hanging weight.

Cut & Wrap

Johnny's Sausage & Meats charges $0.82/lb hanging weight for cut & wrap


Value added products such as pepperoni, jerky and hamburger patties are subject to additional costs.

A $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of ordering with the balance to be paid at the time of delivery. 

The price for a half or whole beef is $3.50/lb hanging plus cut and wrap.

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