custom bulk beef shares
When you buy local custom bulk beef shares directly from our ranch, you get to customize your order by choosing your steak thickness, roast size, the exact cuts you want including specialty cuts including prime rib, pre-made patties, and organ cuts. We offer our custom bulk beef shares in three sizes: quarter beef, half beef, or whole beef. Because it takes 22 months to raise our cattle from birth to finish, we offer four standard harvests per year: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter. Additional harvests are offered when our butchers have availability.
Custom Bulk Beef Shares Frequently Asked Questions
When you purchase custom bulk beef shares, you will make two separate payments. One to us for the beef and one to the butcher for processing fees.
Buying custom bulk beef shares allows you to purchase up to a year’s worth of beef at one low price per pound. You pay the same price per pound for Ground Beef as you pay for Rib Eye steaks and Prime Rib roast.
No matter how you order your locally raised custom bulk beef shares, you’ll receive the maximum number of cuts for the size of beef you select. The quantity of each cut may vary due to the weight of the animal, the steak thickness you select, and the size of roast you select.
You get to customize your order, from start to finish:
- Steak thickness
- Roast size
- Pounds of ground beef per package
- Your choice of steaks
- Your choice of roasts
- Your choice of ribs
- Your choice of stew meat, fajita meat, patties, cube steak, and other ready-made cuts
- Your choice of specialty cuts like brisket, short ribs, and soup bones
- Your choice of organ cuts
We have four standard harvests per year: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Additional harvests are offered when our butchers have availability. Buying beef in bulk is a great option to fill your freezer for up to a year at one low price per pound!
We offer two types of bulk beef. If you’re local (or able to travel to pick up your beef) and want to customize your bulk beef, our Custom Bulk Beef Shares option is the way to go. Christensen Ranch is located in Weldona, Colorado and we work with three processors, all located near Eastern Colorado to process our customer’s orders. Your order will be available for pick up at their location, and we’ll let you know which butcher will be processing your order when we send your final invoice to you.
- Stagecoach Meat Company in Wiggins, Colorado
- Mike’s Meat Market in Sterling, Colorado
- 307 Meat Company in Laramie, Wyoming
If you’re out of state or just want to fill your freezer quickly, our Standard Beef Shares ship every Monday and Tuesday and deliver right to your door! We offer 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 Beef Shares.
We have four standard harvests of custom bulk beef shares per year: Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall. Typically, each harvest sells out months in advance as repeat customers typically order a year or more in advance.
We recommend reserving yours early so you don’t miss out.
When you purchase custom bulk beef shares, you pay a small deposit. The total cost of your custom quarter, half, or whole bulk beef share depends on the size of your animal. The prices below are estimates based on average-sized beef. Your cost may vary based on the weight of your animal. Due to market fluctuations and processing fees, our prices are subject to change without notice.
Average Beef Costs
Quarter Beef: $700
Half Beef: $1,400
Whole Beef: $2,800
When you purchase custom bulk beef shares, you will have two costs: the beef and the processing. Payment for your beef is due to Christensen Ranch and we require a partial deposit to secure your beef at the time of order. Your final payment for your beef is determined by the weight of your animal and will be determined the day your beef is taken to the butcher.
Beef Payment Schedule
Deposit: Your deposit is due the day you reserve your custom quarter, half, or whole bulk beef share.
Remaining Balance: Once we deliver your animal to the butcher, we’ll email your final invoice. Your invoice will include the total amount due for your beef, an estimated pick-up date, and your estimated processing fee (you’ll pay this fee directly to the butcher).
Processing fees vary based on the size of your custom bulk beef share, the cuts you choose, and the butcher.
Average Processing Fees
Quarter Beef: $200 - $260
Half Beef: $390 - $525
Whole Beef: $780 - $1,050
When an 1,200lb animal is taken in for processing, we can expect an average yield of 60%, although that can range from 57% – 61%, and a 720lb hanging carcass weight (after the head, hide, and leg bones have been removed). The percentage of cuts yielded from a whole beef averages 48% of hanging carcass; the cut yield can range from 45-50%. For a 1200lb animal with a hanging carcass weight of 720lbs, you will receive an average of 345lbs of beef. Our steers average 1,200lbs but the weight range is 1,000-1,400lbs depending on age, genetics, and time of year when we take them in for processing.
The butcher for each harvest will be noted on our website and we include it in our Facebook and Instagram posts, as well as in the emails we send about each harvest (subscribe to our emails on the footer of every page of our website). We also include the butcher used for your harvest in the order confirmation email and it will appear on your final invoice.
The butcher for each harvest will be noted on our website and you'll pick up your custom bulk beef share order directly from the butcher noted for your particular harvest. It will be one of these three processors:
We are currently unable to ship custom bulk beef shares orders. If you'd like to have bulk beef shipped to your door, you can order one of our pre-packaged Standard Beef Shares.
Our Standard Beef Shares ship every Monday and Tuesday directly from our ranch and deliver right to your door. Available in 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2 beef shares, your order may arrive in more than one box.
This chart will help you determine the freezer space needed for your custom bulk beef shares order.
Custom Bulk Beef Shares
Freezer Space Needed
Quarter Beef Share
80 - 111
10 cu. feet
Half Beef Share
20 cu. feet
Whole Beef Share
40 cu. feet
We know circumstances can change and we’re happy to offer refunds for the initial deposits for custom quarter, half, or whole beef share order.
Because Custom bulk Beef Shares orders are cut to your exact specifications, we are unable to offer cancellations or refunds 0-2 months prior to harvest or after your beef has been cut.
6 Months Prior to Harvest: 75% of your deposit minus $30 Restocking Fee
3 Months Prior to Harvest: 50% of your deposit minus $30 Restocking Fee
2 Months Prior to Harvest: 25% of your deposit minus $30 Restocking Fee
0-2 Months Prior to Harvest / After Harvest: We are unable to accept cancellations or offer refunds at this stage
Absolutely! However, the cuts, steak thickness, number of roasts, patties, and ground beef you choose cannot differ between order parties for a single quarter, half, or whole custom bulk beef share order.
Custom bulk beef shares packages cannot be separated for multiple parties by the processor. You'll have to divvy it up with your family or friends after picking up your order.
The custom bulk beef share deposit, remaining balance due, and the processing fee paid to the butcher cannot be split between two different parties, and your custom bulk beef shares order will need to be picked up on the date arranged with the processor.
Custom Bulk Beef Shares is a great option if you're local to the area and are able to pick up your order from the processor. When choosing the Custom Bulk Beef Shares option, you get to customize your order by choosing your steak thickness, roast size, the exact cuts you want including specialty cuts such as prime rib, pre-made patties, and organ cuts. We have four standard harvests per year: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. If you want to customize your Custom Bulk Beef Shares order, we recommend reserving yours early so you don’t miss out.
While our Standard Beef Shares aren't customizable, they include a great assortment of cuts and ship every Monday and Tuesday and deliver right to your door! We offer 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 Beef Shares and each cut is vacuum sealed and individually packaged for easy storage.