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Hanging Weight vs Boxed Weight

If you are new to buying a quarter to whole beef, it is important to understand pricing and how much beef you will actually get. Here is a quick guide to some butcher shop terminology:

Hanging Weight

When it comes to beef weights, the hanging weight is the weight of the carcass after it has been taken to the butcher shop.

Boxed Weight

Cut weight is the final weight of the meat once it has been cut and packaged at the butcher shop. This weight is usually 52-55% of the hanging weight. This weight can vary depending on a few factors, all reducing the boxed weight but not the amount of meat:

  • More boneless cuts requested by the customer.

  • Less surface fat left on the cuts.

  • Leaner ground beef requested by the customer.


Pricing of a quarter, half or whole beef is based on the hanging weight. This is due to the fact that the actual boxed weight can vary depending on many factors as mentioned above. Current pricing based on hanging weight for a quarter beef is $3.05/lb. Half beef is $3.00/lb. Whole beef is $2.95/lb. Please note that these prices are subject to change. A whole beef typically weighs around 700 to 750 pounds.

At Bear Paw Meats, bringing quality, Montana bred, Montana fed beef to your table is what we do. Call us at 357-3119 or 265-2440 to place an order and fill your freezer with #montanbredmontanafed beef today!

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