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    Posted: 13 Mar 2012 at 9:39pm
Has anyone purchased a quarter or half beef? I found a farm up by Atlanta that looks great. They're no hormone, no antibiotic, grass fed, but not certified organic (which I'm ok with). I'm guessing a side would last us about a year, we're big beef eaters, but I'm not really sure. I'm also not sure how much room in the freezer it would take up, I've been seeing all different freezer square footage numbers while searching. 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote erinchelsea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2012 at 9:54pm
I haven't recently but a quarter does take up a good chunk of freezer space. If you are big beef eaters I think you would want a half to get you through a year.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote BrittanyM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2012 at 10:41pm
A quarter took us a year and a half to get through, but we weren't huge beef eaters, we'd go through it in about a year now. DH says a half would need about 10 cubic feet of freezer space.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote illasmommy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2012 at 10:43pm
My dad sells quarter/half beef.  For themselves, (family of 3 living in the house, two out of the house who help themselves :) They usually keep a half for the year and it's plenty.  This year they kept a whole beef plus had a whole hog done and it filled a large stand up freezer (the size of a regular refridgerator) and a large chest freezer.  The half they usually get fits well in the large chest freezer.  It's awesomely amazing to have all that food at your disposal.  Totally worth it and I highly recomend it.  You won't be disapointed.  (Assuming you've had grass fed beef before and know the difference in cooking technique, etc)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Amelia81 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Mar 2012 at 7:51am
The first year we did side of beef, we bought half of a beef.  I was canning up some chili and canned beef when the next year came around.  We have done 1/4 beef since, but it's only me and Dh eating right now.  Baby is 6 months old.   It filled a significant portion of a 16.5 cucic feet freezer.  You won't regret it.  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Clare_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Mar 2012 at 9:15am
Ditto- you won't regret that purchase!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote txmom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Mar 2012 at 10:23am
We have bought a half a local grass fed no hormone beef and it lasted us well over a year.  I am glad we did it, but will admit that it is a challenge to cook and the one we have now is very gamey tasting. DH hasn't enjoyed it much at all.  If you like stong flavored meat, it sounds like it would work well for you!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cowboyswife Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Mar 2012 at 11:04am
We just butchered a small steer which would be fairly equivalent to half a regular beef, one thing that will make a big difference in how much room it takes up is how it is processed, we deboned this entire animal, so only ended up with 175-200lbs of meat, however if the animal is cut and wrapped bone in, you will easily have half again as much weight/bulk to deal with. Just a thought!
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