slick4591":2neyxx02 said:Talked to some folks a few weeks ago that are selling halves for $4 a lb hanging to their customers.
rynophiliac":1wbxfdqg said:slick4591":1wbxfdqg said:Talked to some folks a few weeks ago that are selling halves for $4 a lb hanging to their customers.
One day I would like to get into selling directly to the consumer but haven't had the time to research what all is involved yet and how to market it. But I know there are some ranchers here in AZ that sell beef on their websites and many of them say "sold out for the season" so they must be doing something right. I wouldn't even know where to start to develop a customer base though. Perhaps start at a farmers market selling beef and handing out business cards? Has anyone had success selling directly to the customer?
Backbone Ranch":2uopg1u4 said:We sell our beef directly to the consumer. The internet works quite well when it comes to advertising beef to sell. We sell animals by the quarter, half, and whole. We have just finished butchering and selling our first group of steers this way. The people we sold the beef to gave us great feedback and the people who ordered quarters this year are ordering halves for next year. We had a couple people buy halves this year and they want an entire steer for next year.
The Pieds do a good job converting forage, even poor. One comment is they can get fat on rocks and sticks. Their black skin and white / fawn hair makes them hardy in both hot and cold climates. I have no personal experience with brangus so will hopefully hear from some Brangus breeders here. Good luck and best wishes for what ever you choose. Enjoy your bovine!rynophiliac":z1eyh0vv said:How do the Piedmontese compare to brangus in rough country? Our pasture is high desert and if we don't get much rain our cattle have to travel long distances to find feed.
Welcome to the board. :welcome:Tomalani":3efbk4bs said:Sounds eminently logical to me. Lean manufacturing so to speak. isn't this the ultimate goal of all things, a more economical use of the earth? Merry Christmas, best of the seasons to all-
u4411clb":3lscgly7 said:Fix yourself a setup where you can keep and develop 10% of your herd in replacement heifers and you will not worry about a cow lasting 20 years or at least very rarely. That would mean if you have 10 cows then you would keep 1 heifer a year and if you have 100 cows you would keep 10. Once you get that process started and with good bull selection you will have maybe a small handfull that make the cut for 20 years but not enough to choose based on that. If she is good enough to always make the cut for 20 years you will have so many of her daughters and grand daughters and great grand daughters you won't mind moving her along anyway.
Can you sell meat directly to the consumer? We can here only if it is harvested and prosesed in a federal inspected plant. Other wise we sell the animal alive to the consumor and they pay to have it process,d Dumb rules and hard to make it work at certan times of the year.Not many federal plants in Montana and some a lot of miles away.Backbone Ranch":3altyk9d said:We have our website up on Google. We tell people that we have beef for sale and then we list our contact information. It will take a while to build up your client base, but if your end product is good they will come back for more. We also will give 2 lb of ground beef free bees to our neighbors. I know that we are giving away money, but they have come back to us wanting 30 lbs or even a quarter. We are willing to sacrifice 2 lbs if it means that we have a customer that comes back year after year.