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This is the Carnivore Co-op Group.

Join this group if you'd like to participate in this healthy, cost-effective food-buying effort of a variety of meats.

Members: 65
Latest Activity: Nov 20, 2013

Other Meats available to order



Standard Beef Info:

Different farmers raise different types of cows. The beef cows they raise can be:

  • Red Angus/Hereford Cross
  • Black Angus/Beef Master Cross
  • Pure Black Angus
  • Hamburger only orders can be Holstein

Most farmers we use raise their cows free roam, pasture-raised. Many farmers finish their cows with self-grown corn and hay. We try to first use those who don't finish their cows with grains at all, but are strictly grass-fed.


NONE of our farmers use steroids, growth hormones or unnecessary antibiotics. We use only the most naturally- and locally-raised beef we can find.

Cost of an order will vary based on the farmer used, the butcher used, the weight of the animal, market rate variance, the kill fee and the number of people included in the order. You will be charged for the exact amount of the order, plus a reasonable handling fee.

Price per pound is based on hanging weight. Actual weight will differ and vary.

Each unit will contain an equal number of cuts, aproximately 3-5. Each cut will be of comparable weight: (5# hamburger, 3-5# roasts/ribs/stew meat, 4 steaks, etc.). Dog/soup bones will be a free bonus on a first-come, first-served basis. Each unit will contain as wide a variety of cuts as we can manage. If there are unequal cuts left over after the rest is divided equally, they will be added to units to claim on a first come-first serve basis.

There is an undetermined amount of time to pre-order your unit. We will not order the cow until every unit is spoken for. Once our units are claimed and the cow is ordered, it is usually about a 3-week process before your orders are ready to distribute. We will notify you by email as to how much the order came out to and when payment is due.


Previous orders have come to anwhere between $80 and $115 per unit. Each unit has included anwhere from 18 - 30 lbs., depending on the size of the cow. Cost usually averages roughly $4.50 - $4.75 per lb., actual weight.



Discussion Forum


Started by Loni Schneider. Last reply by Loni Schneider Mar 20, 2012. 2 Replies

I had a special request from one of our chicken farmers. First, he will be including the chicken giblets in a bag inside the cavity of the chickens from now on for our convenience. He also needs some…Continue

Lamb Order #2

Started by Loni Schneider Jan 20, 2012. 0 Replies

We have lamb available again! Please see the Shopping Cart…Continue

Pork Order #1

Started by Loni Schneider Oct 4, 2011. 0 Replies

I was sent this in an email this morning.  I had to share it: …Continue


Started by Loni Schneider. Last reply by Loni Schneider Jul 7, 2011. 3 Replies

 Hello, Neighbors! I just wanted…Continue

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Comment by Loni Schneider on March 20, 2012 at 9:22pm



If we were able to order a cow every month, I would be able to reserve a specific cow from a specific farmer in advance and inform you all about the cow and the farmer. But, since it is taking us longer to fill the orders, we don't have that luxury. At this stage, since we don't know from start to finish how long it will take to fill an order, I am forced to find a cow only after the order is filled. That means that I cannot tell you which cow we will get or which farmer it will come from until after the order is filled.


What I can tell you is that I ONLY use local farmers who raise their cows all-naturally with no steroids, hormones or unnecessary antibiotics. All of the cows I get from all of the farmers I use are healthy and treated humanely. They are all better quality beef cows than you will get in the grocery store.


Can I be of any futher service to you?



Comment by Candie A. Moreno on March 20, 2012 at 6:53pm

Mrs. Loni, How do we know what "farmer" the beef will be coming from!?

Comment by Loni Schneider on January 10, 2012 at 3:19pm

I was recently asked how often we order beef and how will you know when it's happening.


There is always a Beef Order (and Pork and Buffalo) up on the Order Forms page. It tells you how many units are still available on the next order. To order a unit, simply fill out the order form. You can order as many units as there are available. You can order a unit now and another on a different day. As long as there are units available, you can order as much or as often as you want. When that order has been filled, I'll notify everyone that the order is closed and I will order a cow and post the order form for the next order. Please make sure you set the money aside at the time you order so that you will be ready to make your payment as soon as it becomes due.


Cows are ordered only as often as the orders get filled. I'd like to do it once per month. I'm very willing to order more than one cow per month, if we could fill that order. But I can't order any faster than we can fill an order for 1/2 a cow at a time.


I hope this answers your questions. Please let me know if you have any more. And thanks for your participation!

Comment by Loni Schneider on September 26, 2011 at 3:42pm


ONE of our pork suppliers also supplies chicken, lamb and beef. Our last beef order came from him. However, the pork order we are offering right now on the order form is a different farmer and the chicken we are offering on the shopping cart right now is also a different farmer, and different from each other. Feel free to order that bulk order of chicken any time. He's got bunches of them ready to go. I took the lamb order down because we closed and distributed our first order and the lamb farmer (the first one up there I mentioned) said he wouldn't have another available for a couple of months or so. BUT, I think he mentioned he might actually have another ready to go soon, and I am currently in negotiations with another farmer with sheep. SO, let me check with both and I'll get back to you on the lamb, but jump on in with the chicken!



Comment by Brooke Sadler on September 26, 2011 at 3:16pm

You said the farmer who does pork also does poultry. Is he the one supplying the chicken that is available weekly through the cart?  I'm interested in a bulk order for chicken. I also noticed lamb on the cart. Is that going to be available to order soon?


Comment by Loni Schneider on September 30, 2010 at 8:19am
The order form's the easy part. I didn't want to spend the time and money advertising if there isn't any interest.
Comment by Loni Schneider on September 29, 2010 at 9:55pm
I found a another beef farmer who also does poultry and PORK. All animals are all-natural, no steroids or growth hormones and the pork is a taste award-winning variety. Is anyone interest in doing a pork order? If we were to make the portions comparable to the beef portions, we'd go with 4-5 orders per pig. I'd like to do at least 2 pigs at a time to make it worth his while. If anyone is interested, I need to hear from you.
Comment by Loni Schneider on August 12, 2010 at 7:39am
Yes, we were seriously delayed on the last order, trying to find others to buy the orders that others had backed out of. But, with the new way we have to do it, it won't delay us, it'll raise the prices for the rest of us. How' bout if we are free to back out of our orders up until the animal is killed (I'll announce the date when it is known). After that, you are committed to your order. If you want to back out after that, you are still responsible to purchase your committed order and if you choose to find someone else to sell it to after that, it's up to you. We don't want to know about it. You could even work it out on the co-op splits group. But Juli's right. It wouldn't be fair for the rest of us to have to absorb the cost of someone else's order because they chose to back out at the last minute, so please don't do that. Our costs could still go up, however, if the cow ends up weighing more than anticipated. As this is a food-buying group and not an official business, we are on the honor system. I don't know how to ensure that we are all honest with each other. I can only hope that we will be.
Comment by Juli on August 11, 2010 at 10:55pm
I think we need to come up with something that insures that when someone says they want a unit, it's there's for sure. I think we had someone back out last time and I don't want someone to do it this time and raise the cost for the rest of us. Does anyone have any ideas?
Comment by Vincent Gonzales on August 7, 2010 at 12:02pm
Vince Gonzales 1 unit for preliminary order #2 not sure what order #

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