Frequently asked questions

What kind of beef do you sell?

We raise Angus and Angus-Charolais cross cattle. Our cattle are pasture–raised and grass–fed most of their lives but they are finished on a corn silage diet. When we sell our cattle to a packing plant, they are graded. 95% of our beef is graded choice or higher. 25% of our beef usually grades prime.

How much does Kueckelhan Farms Beef cost?

Our 2020 beef is priced at $2.00 per pound hanging weight, and processing cost will depend on which plant you select. The total cost of our all-natural, packaged beef, including processing fees for 2020, is about $4.35 per pound (take-home).

How do I pay for the beef?

After your beef is delivered to the processor, we will contact you with the exact hanging weight and cost of your beef. You may then pay for your beef by cash, credit card, Google Pay or Apple Pay. ALL payment for beef MUST be received before you go to pick up your beef at the processing plant.

What kind of cuts will I get?

We can’t do a “bundle“ of meat with set amounts of certain cuts, it’s actually 1/4 (or 1/2 or all) of the meat from a butchered beef. In a half of a beef, there are approximately 12 roasts, 14 t-bone steaks, 5 sirloin steaks, 5 sirloin tip steaks, 14 rib-eye steaks, and 6 round steaks. There are also short ribs, flank steak, stew meat, brisket and approximately 75 lbs of ground beef. You can choose to have any of the cuts made into ground beef. Working with your processor, you can customize your packaging for your convenience. Order Processing for Quarters: When you order a quarter of beef, you are getting a half of a half, which means the half of beef is cut the same for each quarter, with steak thickness, roast size, and either T-bone steaks OR New York Strip steaks plus Filet Mignon Steaks. In our effort (but not guaranteed) to match quarter beef customers with similar instructions, we ask you to note your preference of T-Bone Steaks OR New York Strip/Filet Mignon. If you don’t select a preference for T-Bone vs NY Strip/Filet Mignon, your quarter beef will be cut according to the preference of the other quarter beef.

How much beef will I get?

An average hanging weight for a half of a beef is 350 pounds. Standard-cut processing results in an approximately 30% yield loss. So if you have the beef “standard-cut”, you would expect to take home approximately 245 pounds of packaged meat. If you have a lot of your steaks and/or roasts made into ground beef you will have less packaged meat than with the “standard-cut”. Also, if you have a lot of your beef de-boned, you will have less packaged meat than average.

How much freezer space do I need?

For each 25 pounds of packaged beef you will need about 1 cubic foot of freezer space. So if you order a quarter of beef, you need about 5 cubic feet; for a half of a beef, you’ll need about 10 cubic feet.

What do you feed your beef?

We feed our beef corn silage and ground corn (which we raise ourselves) and a protein supplement.

When is your beef available?

Each year we sell beef that is ready for processing from late May through September of each year. We take orders on a first-come, first-served basis.

Which processor is the best?

We work with these specific processors because they offer quality processing as well as exceptional customer service to our customers. We recommend the plant closest to you, unless you have a preference about the packaging. Country Slaughterhouse in Pisgah uses a double wrap with 1.25 mil freezer film and butcher paper to package the meat. Tumes Locker in Centralia packages the meat a 3 mil vacuum pack packaging. There are pros and cons to both kinds of packaging and it really comes down to personal preference.

How do I get my beef processed?

You can fill out the "Processing Instructions" form on this website or you may contact the processor directly to give them your cutting instructions after you receive notification that your beef is at the processor. Both the "Processing Instructions" form and the processor will go through a list of questions about how you want your beef cut and wrapped. They will ask things like how thick you want your steaks, how many steaks per package, how big you want your roasts, how many pounds of ground beef per package, whether you want soup bones, whether you want rib steaks or rib roast or a combination, and several other questions. This is a very easy process and the processor will guide you through it.

How do I order Kueckelhan Farms Beef?

• Message our Facebook page: or
• Email: or
• Call: Julie Kueckelhan (660) 888-2370 or
• Mail: Kueckelhan Farms, 14444 Joe Town Road, Boonville, MO 65233
We need your name, address, home phone, work (daytime) phone, email, choice of processor, and amount of beef you’re ordering to process your order.

What happens after I order the beef?

As soon as your beef has been delivered to the processor, we will call or email you to tell you how much your beef weighs and how much the beef costs. At this time you will pay Kuecklehan Farms for the beef through either cash, check or Apple Pay. THEN, you will fill out the "Processing Instructions" form OR call the processor to tell them how you want it cut and packaged. The beef hangs for ten days to 2 weeks, and then the processor cuts and wraps it. They will contact you when it is ready to be picked up. You will need to pay the processor for their processing charges when you pick up the beef. The processors have limited storage space, so you will need to pick up your beef as soon as possible after they notify you.