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How much space or how big of a freezer is needed to store your beef?
A quarter of beef usually fits in the freezer section of a conventional refrigerator, if there is nothing else in it or a small deep freeze.
Shopping for a freezer? A quarter of beef will easily fit into a 5 or 7 cubic foot chest freezer. Their estimated dimensions and pricing are as follows:
5cuft chest freezer
33 1/4” H x 28 5/16” W x 22” D
Price approximately $165
7cuft chest freezer
33 ¼” H x 37” W x 22”D
The above pricing are estimates and freezers can be purchased at Famous Tate, Sears, Lowe's, etc. This information is purely provided for informational reasons and is not intended to promote any store or brand.
Should I buy a half or whole cow?
If you are purchasing a half or whole cow, you can specify how you would like the meat cut, depending on availability and timing of order. Half cows usually net about 160 pounds of meat and a whole will net approximately 320 pounds.
Do you sell beef by the piece?
HoWa Farms is not currently selling beef by the piece, at this time. We are hoping to be able to sell beef by the piece in the future. We are working on meeting the Florida USDA requirements to do so and will keep you posted as we get closer to finalizing this.
What is the difference between grass fed beef and organic beef?
This is a great question and asked often. Organic beef is not necessarily grass fed. Organic beef may be fed both organic grains and grasses and usually is fed both. Also, grass fed beef may sometimes be finished on a percentage of grain products so it is always important to ask if the beef is 100% grass fed, if that is what you are looking for. At HoWa Farms, our cows are 100% grass fed and never fed any grains or mixes.
What does grass fed beef taste like and does the taste vary from harvest to harvest?
Taste is subjective, however, most people describe the grass fed beef as a more beefy, rich flavor with a denser texture. It is more lean than corn fed beef with a more distinctive flavor. Many people tell us it tastes like the beef they used to eat at their grandparent's farm.
Flavor will vary from cow to cow and harvest to harvest. Flavor can change due to the individual cow, length of aging and time of year harvested. However, as a rule, the beef should taste fairly consistent.
How often is your beef available?
Our goal is to have beef available year round, however we are still getting our herds cycled so we can do this. We normally have beef available every couple of months. If you are interested in reserving beef, please sign up for our newsletter - we will send out harvest notices prior to each harvest.
Please remember, if you want to purchase beef, please contact us as soon as you receive the harvest notice, as we normally sell out VERY quickly!