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Find people to share a cow?

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Created July 01, 2011 at 1:25 AM

I really want to buy beef in the form of a whole cow (well, processed from a whole cow ideally). My friends all think it's too much money, or get hung up on the thought of eating a cow they know was butchered specifically for them, and don't want to do it.

I've found farms on eatwild that sell cows. Now I need to find people to buy one with (I'm thinking maybe 3 other people, about 1/4 cow a piece). Any idea on how to go about doing that? Or do you think it's better to just find a farmer who can handle finding other people? (Threads in the cowpooling tag I just found said this is possible.)

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on April 24, 2012
at 11:19 PM

I think this site has been updated to http://paleoresources.com/ in case anyone else tried the above link and found it missing.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on July 01, 2011
at 01:04 PM

Same here. We've bought between a half and 1/8 of a cow - never a whole one. You still get all the same parts this way, simply in more manageable quantities.

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Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 01, 2011
at 01:45 AM

I would check with the farmer or butcher to see if they know of anyone who would share. It's a great investment and I'd much rather eat meat that was butchered just for me than factory-farmed meat!

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on July 01, 2011
at 11:17 AM

Just bought a freezer so I can fill it with good farm raised, grass fed, yada yada - cow, pig, chicken. May be some venison next fall as well! It's a great time saver. Saves a little money, but really not that much - perhaps because we eat more!

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on July 01, 2011
at 02:10 AM

My farmer sells halves for the same price per pound as a whole cow. Check www.localharvest.org for different farmers.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on July 01, 2011
at 01:04 PM

Same here. We've bought between a half and 1/8 of a cow - never a whole one. You still get all the same parts this way, simply in more manageable quantities.

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on July 01, 2011
at 01:46 AM

You often don't have to buy a whole cow. Farmers will sell halves and split sides (1/2 of a side) and handle finding the other people themselves. I always buy a half and then split it with a friend of mine. Typically, you buy your portion, pay the farmer for the hanging weight, then pay the butcher to process the cuts you want.

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on July 01, 2011
at 01:35 AM

CRAIGSLIST. Or family. Or if you're in the Pittsburgh area, me. :-)

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on September 14, 2011
at 12:49 PM

Hi Eric,

I just finished the first version of a website that should help for these kind of things: it's mainly a collaborative directory of paleo resources, but also doubles as a platform to exchange within groups focused on a geographical area.

It's still early days and it is an alpha version right now, but if you want to check it out at www.hltribes.com, you can create a local group for your area, and hopefully find people interested.

I would be very interested in your feedback on the site, since it was designed for just such a use :-)

A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

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on April 24, 2012
at 11:19 PM

I think this site has been updated to http://paleoresources.com/ in case anyone else tried the above link and found it missing.

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