Buying a quarter, side or full animal is an economical way of filling your freezer while supporting us, your local rancher. We understand that the process can be confusing for first time customers and we want to make the process an easy and painless one for you!
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Our sides of bison typically weigh 200-250 lbs (on the rail), that is before cut and wrap. The amount of meat you receive will depend on how you want it cut, so we charge on a rail weight basis, the same way our butcher charges us to process the animal. You can expect a yield of approximately 65% of the hanging weight to go into your freezer.

*Mixed Quarter Bison is one-fourth of a full bison, including cuts from both the front and hind quarters of the animal. Mixed quarters are made from a side of bison split into two identical orders containing a variety of steaks, roasts, ground bison, stew meat and minute steaks.

*Rail Weight or Hanging Weight refers to the weight of the bison as it hangs in the butcher’s cooler once the head, hide, feet, organs and blood are removed. If you think of any movie with a butcher shop scene and there are sides of an animal typically beef, hanging from hooks on the ceiling, that is what “on the rail” means. Since almost every butcher bases the processing fees on the hanging weight, it is the most widely used measurement by direct to market farmers. Price quotes will frequently say something like “$6.50/lb. rail weight, cut and wrapped (which refers to the butcher fees)”.

*Dress Percentage refers to the percent of the live animal that ends up as carcass. Generally, the carcass weight is taken immediately after skinning and evisceration and is commonly known as the hot hanging weight.

*Carcass Yield or Cut and Wrap Yield refers to the actual weight of all the packages of individual cuts of meat that you will put in your freezer. When the carcass is broken down into recognizable cuts, there is some loss when cuts are deboned and fat is trimmed away.

During each step of processing, some weight is lost. It is very important to keep this fact in mind when trying to calculate exactly how much meat your share will contain.

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For Ordering Inquiries
Contact 780.305.9253 or Email backwoodsbuffaloranch@outlook.com

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