HOME-GROWN ORGANIC BEEF
At the McKeen Family Farm, we raise and sell home-grown organic/naturally raised beef by the side, mixed quarter or freezer pack.
Our beef is raised on our family farm pastures here in Greendale, grass fed and finished with a bit of flatted barley, apples and plums from our fruit trees. Although we use no growth hormones or steroids and our beef is raised organically, it is not certified organic.
All beef is provincially inspected, and hung by our local butcher for minimum 14 days before being cut and wrapped to our specifications. We are very particular about the way our animals are cared for, fed, slaughtered, hung, and cut and wrapped in order to ensure the very best flavor and greatest tenderness possible.
The animals are are about one year & six months old and around 1000 to 1200 lbs when butchered, so a side of beef normally weighs between 250 and 350 lbs “on the rail”. A mixed quarter, which contains cuts from both the front and hind quarters, weighs approximately 150 lbs.(rail weight)
The term "rail weight" or "dressed weight" refers to the total weight of the side as it hangs "on the rail" at the butcher shop before cutting. Sides and quarters of beef are sold in this manner. This is different than the ready-to-cook weight pricing you will find at grocery stores. As fresh beef is aged and prepared for your use, it loses weight in the form of moisture, as well as from the removal of fat and bones. Because of this, the actual amount of beef you receive is in the range of 30 to 40% less than the quoted rail weight. Our prices, which are based on rail weight, have been set with this weight reduction in mind.
In a “MIXED QUARTER” of beef, you will get the following, cut, wrapped and frozen, ready for your freezer. These numbers are approximate and depend on the rail weight of the animal but this will give you an idea of what you can expect.
Steaks are prepared 2 per package, cut 3/4" thick and include:
2-3 pkgs rib steaks; 4-5 pkg Tbone steaks; 2 pkg round steaks; 3 pkg chuck steaks; 4 pkg sirloin steaks
Roasts are cut 3 to 4 lbs and include:
1-2 barons,1 sirloin tip,1 prime rib,1 chuck, 2 X-rib
Burger is prepared extra lean and you will receive:
20 to 25 one lb. packages
Stew meat is also prepared extra lean, and you will receive 5 one lb. packages
Short ribs - 3 packages
liver, kidney, heart, tongue, oxtail and soup bones on request as available – no additional charge ..(the liver is awesome)
The mixed quarter cut as above is a standard cut. If you order a side of beef, our butcher can custom cut to your specifications. For example, we order our own side cut with thicker steaks (1¼”) and burger in 2 lb. packages. (Custom cutting is not available on mixed quarters)
Price varies with the market - our 2013 price for a side or quarter is $3.89 per pound, rail weight, which includes the cut & wrap charges.
Compare elsewhere from $4.29 - $6.89 per pound for naturally raised beef in the Lower Mainland area. Even with significant increases to feed prices and to our other costs this year, we have tried to keep our pricing modest for our loyal clients! The term "rail weight" or "dressed weight" refers to the total weight of the side as it hangs "on the rail" at the butcher shop before cutting. Sides and quarters of beef are sold in this manner. This is different than the ready-to-cook weight pricing you will find at grocery stores. As fresh beef is aged and prepared for your use, it loses weight in the form of moisture, as well as from the removal of fat and bones. Because of this, the actual amount of beef you receive is in the range of 30 to 40% less than the quoted rail weight. Our prices, which are based on rail weight, have been set with this weight reduction in mind.
LOOKING FOR A SMALLER PORTION?
TRY OUR FREEZER PACKS FOR ONLY $99!
Freezer Packs are a great way to try out our product in a smaller portion. In a $99 freezer pack you will receive the following:
- One oven roast (baron or sirloin)
- One pot roast (x-rib)
- One package of steaks - t-bone - two steaks in the package
- One stew beef
- Four packages extra lean ground beef
- One package Maui Ribs (when available)
- One extra meaty soup bone.
- Bonus package of liver if you would like.
(Freezer packs contents sometimes vary with the cuts available. If splitting up a $1200 side of beef, we make twelve equal freezer packs, and they will average approx. 15 lbs each, depending on the cuts available).
We try to have Freezer Packs in stock and available for pick up in the Pottery Showroom, so drop by to pick one up for just $99, it's always a good idea to call ahead to ensure we have them in stock! Call at 604-823-6430.
We also often have lean ground beef available for pick up in the Pottery Showroom at just $5.99 per pound. (in one pound packages). Again do call ahead to ensure we have some in stock.
We normally butcher in June and again in late August, September, October, and November. We have a list of about 100 returning customers and have been selling beef this way for 13 years. Each year, we raise a few more to keep up to the demand and new customers and we now have 48 head grazing on our farm, including our Momma cows!
What our Customers Say About our Home-Grown Naturally Raised Beef:"Holly & Ken, your beef is incredibly succulent. I know we would both like to be on your list again for early autumn!" Dorothy Harvey, Galliano Island
Why buy Naturally Raised, Local Beef?
Our Greendale Angus cattle lead happy, healthy lives, enjoying grazing naturally and bonding with their calves. Life on our small farm in Greendale is a far stretch from life in the cramped quarters of a commercial feedlot where most "grocery store" beef is produced.
Many of our beef are born and raised right here on our farm. Others are purchased at a young age and brought directly to the farm where they are grazed on our seven pastures. Not everyone cares to meet their meat, but if you do, you can. Buying locally is a great way to contribute to your local economy and get involved in and support small agricultural producers, your community and neighbours. You can reduce your carbon footprint considerably by buying local grass-fed beef right off the farm. And you'll find there's no comparison for flavour and tenderness - it's amazingly good!
Better than organic?
Our farm has participated in the Canada - British Columbia Environmental Farm Plan Program, receiving certification as having met or exceeded all requirements for environmental sustainability. Our beef is not certified as organic for a number of regulatory reasons - however, it is naturally raised here on our farm, as close to organic as possible, without the use of growth hormones or steroids. To claim that our beef is better than organic may at first glance seem like a strong statement - but - the fact is that most organic beef on the market today is actually industrial organic grain fed beef. The term "organic" does not govern how the animals are treated, whether they are fed grass or only grain, how much fossil fuel is consumed for production and transportation of feed and meat. It's our belief that compared to industrial organic beef products, our Greendale Angus Beef, raised with care & close attention here in Chilliwack, is better for you, better for the animals, better for the environment and our local community.
If you have any further questions or would like to order a side or quarter of beef, give us a call at 604-823-6430 or email us at