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Jan 29, 2009 01:20 PM

1/2 cow in SD ??

Anyone know where I can get some real meat. I am looking to buy in bulk at a half reasonable price. Hoping not to get ripped off too badly for the privelege of eating animals that eat grass! or I have seen pricing for buying online at Brandt Beef which is a bit steep to say the least ( I don't think Tony Soprano would charge those kind of prices ) Please don't send me to Whole Foods. Also 1/2 pig, lamb, goat etc would be very much appreciated

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  1. Hmmm, what about the Butcher Block in Barrio Logan?
    They seem to have a pretty thorough setup. Wouldn't be surprised if they did orders like that.

    1. Homegrown Meats in La Jolla.

      1. There is a Meat guy at the little italy farmers market. I bet he could "steer" you in the right direction. So to speak.

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        1. re: stevewag23

          The meat guy is Da-Le Ranch. He has cows/goats/pigs available (and chickens, rabbits) in whole/half/quarters. At the little italy market and responds to email ...

          1. re: kudru

            What kinds of cuts does he usually have at Little Italy?

            1. re: kudru

              Yep. Thats it.

              The guy is a class act.

              1. re: stevewag23

                He looks like the real deal. Thanks a lot for the input. All I need now is to make sure I get some of the back so I can make my own bacon ( English style).

              2. re: kudru

                We've been getting pork and lamb from Da-Le Ranch for the past few months and have been really happy with them.

                1. re: menuinprogress

                  I just bought some of their grass-fed beef today, looking forward to trying it out. It's interesting how they operate. You have to ask what they have, some of their beef is not grass-fed, and is fed with alfalfa, which is shipped in.

                  Their pork sounds interesting, they contract with grocery stores to take their old produce, and waste grain from kibble manufacturers. Kind of cool that they recycle all this food that would otherwise be wasted.

            2. All of those animals are auctioned off at the County Fair every year, during the last days (July 3-4). You'd have to find someone to split the meat with, though, if you only want a half.

              Doing it that way would end up having the best price, as well as supporting the local 4H Clubs..

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              1. re: Cathy

                Thanks, that's more of what I had in mind.

              2. In order to provide cheap meat, a producer would need to lower costs. How do you suppose that would be accomplished when dealing with a cow? Cheap feed, overcrowding, dirty pens, minimal Vet care/oversight, etc. Personally, I'm not too interested in finding bargain beef.

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                1. re: thirtyeyes

                  Not looking for cheap beef just don't want to get in the a.s. I lived in Europe for 20 years and on the East coast for several so it's not my first rodeo. If you think that the local SD pricing for organic beef is reasonable it's time we took a trip.