What kind of cows are they? Charolais Crosses are what you’ll get with Barham’s Ozark Beef. We have two Charolais bulls, and the mama cows are a mix of Charolais Crosses, Angus and Limousin Crosses. With 125 mama cows, Barham’s Ozark Beef has the ability to produce a high volume of beef for a relatively small farm.
What do the cows eat? Charles has three items on the menu: 1. Improved Pasture (grass); 2. Grain (corn); 3. Sweet Potatoes. Wait… sweet potatoes? Yes, cows love sweet potatoes! As it turns out, it’s the menu item of choice for the majority of the cows.
How is the beef processed? In 2019, Barham’s Ozark Beef partnered with Cypress Valley Meat Company to process our beef. As one of only two processors in Arkansas who have a USDA representative on site, we felt it was important to have our beef USDA Certified. Cypress Valley has a great reputation for treating their animals humanly during processing, which was important to us.
How do you determine pricing: Barham’s Ozark Beef is available at $5.35 per pound (hanging weight) plus a 2.75% sales tax. You can expect to pay approximately $800 per quarter, although we’ve seen the price range from $600 – $950. The price we quote you includes the USDA inspected beef, processor’s fee, sales tax, and delivery in Arkansas. The cost of delivery outside of Arkansas will be determined by the distance and weight.
What comes with a quarter beef? When you purchase a quarter beef, you receive 25% of everything, otherwise known as “mixed quarters.” Your order will include approximately 15% steaks, 25% roasts, 40% ground beef, and 20% other cuts. Here’s a video of Barham’s Ozark Beef owner Ed Linck opening a recent order:
How much will a quarter beef weigh? It depends on the size of the cow, but most of our cows will have a “hanging weight” of approximately 550 pounds. The processed weight is typically 60% – 70% of the hanging weight. Here’s the breakdown… The hanging weight of a whole beef is approximately 550 pounds. The processed weight will be approximately 385 pounds. If you purchase a quarter beef, you’ll receive approximately 96 pounds of great tasting beef!
How is the beef packaged and delivered? Cypress Valley Meat Company will individually package, clearly label, and vacuum seal each cut of meat. Once the processor boxes the meat, it’s ready for delivery. We load the packaged beef in our custom made freezer trailer to ensure the beef remains frozen during delivery. If you live in Arkansas, we will deliver the meat to you free of charge. Those who live outside of the area will incur a shipping fee. Each box will weigh up to 50 pounds. Expect 2-3 boxes per quarter.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Barham’s Ozark Beef owner Ed Linck at (501) 733-4801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.