Whole/Half Water Buffalo
Grass Fed/Grass Finished
For those desiring a larger quantity of pasture raised/grass finished Water Buffalo meat, Fading D Farm now offers whole or half (side) of Water Buffalo. Buying in quantity provides you the opportunity to both have control over how your meat is cut and packaged and also to have this healthier red meat available in your freezer whenever you are ready to cook. We process our Water Buffalo at 24-30 months which is the ideal time for tender steaks and roasts.
How Does it Work?
Since Water Buffalo of the correct age and size are not always available, we will post on our website approximate dates when we plan on processing. Also you may contact us to inquire when we will be processing and to make a reservation for the next available animal. Once we have a date from the processor to bring the Buffalo you will be notified. At that time you will fill out the Cut sheet to let the processor know how to cut your whole/half Buffalo.
Your Water Buffalo meat ages for 7 days before it is cut. This makes the meat more tender and flavorful. Between ten and fourteen days after being delivered to the processor your meat will be ready for pickup. Special orders such as hot dogs and smoking may take longer. Cuts are individually wrapped, vacuum sealed, frozen and labeled with type of cut and weight. You may use your own containers to pick up the order at the processor or you may choose to have the meat placed in cardboard trays or 10 lb boxes. The processor charges a fee for boxes and trays.
Once we are notified by the processor we will communicate to you the dates for pickup. You have 3 options for delivery:
1) Pick up directly at Piedmont Custom Meats in Asheboro. If you choose this option you will have a five day window in which to get your order. If you choose not to use the trays or boxes provided by Piedmont Custom Meats there are no additional charge. Half Buffalo orders that contain special orders which cannot be picked up at the same time as the other half will be required to use this method.
2) Pick up at Fading D Farm. If you choosd this option you must pick up on the day we pick up from the processor or pay an unloading/reloading fee. You will have at least two days notice of this date. We will use the cardboard trays or boxes (your choice) provided by Piedmont Custom Meats to keep orders separate and will pass this cost through.
3)Delivered to your home. Within a 50 mile radius of Fading D Farm we can deliver your order to you. This must be delivered on the day we pick up from the processor. You will incur the tray or box cost as above. Additionally there is a $1.00/mile charge for the distance from Fading D Farm.
What Does it Cost?
Pricing for both the meat and the processing fees are based on Hanging Weight. Hanging weight is typically 600-700 lb and the packaged yield is typically 55-60% of this weight. Processing fees vary based on how you have the buffalo divided. Therefore, these costs are passed through to the customer and can be found Here. The appropriate fees are the ones listed for Water Buffalo. In addition to the listed fees, there is an USDA inspection fee that is hourly based and is typically $66.56/hr. The more the meat is processed, the longer it takes (think sausages vs roasts) and the higher the inspection fee. Non weight based processing fees are prorated per portion of animal purchased. Final price will not be known until the processor determines the hanging weight.
Hanging Weight Price
At the time of reservation
$110 non refundable deposit
(credited toward processing fees)
Before buffalo goes to processor
$1,800 ($4.50 x 400 lb) for whole buffalo
$900 ($4.50 x 200 lb) for half buffalo
Prior to pickup/delivery
Whole: $4.50 x hanging weight-$1,800
Half: $4.50 x hanging weight- $900 PLUS
Processing fees (prorated)
Tray or Box Fee (if any)
Delivery fee (if any)