A rule of thumb is one cubic foot of freezer space for every 35-40 pounds of cut and wrapped meat. Allow slightly more space when the meat is packaged in odd shapes. Below are some general guidelines about how much space you may need to plan for when buying a whole cow:
A whole beef will take up approximately 14 cubic feet of freezer space.
How Much Beef Is a Whole Cow?
A whole beef will equal approximately 440 pounds of meat, and depending on your processing choices, 5%-50% of that will be ground beef, and the other part will be primal cuts (steaks, roasts, ribs, etc.).
How Many People Does a Whole Cow Feed?
The average adult meat-eater can eat a 1/2-3/4lb serving of meat in a sitting, so a whole cow should feed a family of four (average eaters) for about a year if you're eating beef 2-3 times a week. Remember you may have some friends and family to entertain throughout the year also.
START BROWSING LOCAL RANCHES