Natural – Local – Grass fed – Sustainable Beef
These are principles that Watterson Ranch has embodied since the 50’s. The 1850’s.
As the sixth generation to grow up on this land raising cattle, we grew up eating beef we had raised, a luxury then available only to family. Things are done right when you know your family will put it on their plates.
We produce food that is honest-no shortcuts, fillers or additives. We never use hormones or antibiotics. Our cattle freely roam and graze on what God has provided. Fresh grass in the summer, hay from our own pastures in the winter, free choice natural minerals and plenty of fresh, clean water. Our cattle are never penned up in a feedlot or fed grain, a 100% contrast from the mass produced beef sold in most grocery stores. Grass fed means it takes nearly twice as long to produce our Watterson beef, but we believe that quality matters-in the happiness of our animals, in our impact to the land and the world, and in the food that you consume. It matters.
Great tasting certified grass fed natural beef from a local, sustainable and proud Texas ranch, previously available only to our kin.
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How it works
A typical quarter beef shown below both in pounds and percentages on a quarter that yielded 90 lbs of packaged meat.
Steak cuts include ribeye, sirloin, T-Bone, etc.
Roast cuts include chuck, rump, shoulder, etc.
Round cuts include round steak, beef tips, stew meat, etc.
Other include short ribs, soup bones, organ meats, etc
We sell our beef in quarter, half and whole beef quantities. The majority of our our customers prefer quarters, since it is a reasonable amount of beef without requiring too much freezer space. When you are ready, simply complete the form on the “Order” page to get started. If you are ordering a half or whole to split among friends or family, we are happy to generate multiple Paypal invoices for each party.
Yes, we dry age all of your beef for approximately 12 days before the carving process begins. In our experience, this is the ideal amount of time to dry age grass fed beef.
The simple answer is approximately $925-$975 per quarter. The real answer is that it varies-no two orders are exactly the same due to variances in starting and hanging weight, etc.
Our current pricing is $7.79 per pound hanging weight. This includes all processing and delivery to your door within our delivery radius.
A typical quarter will require about 3.0 cubic feet of freezer space. (36 inches in each direction.) The freezer in a 2nd refrigerator is usually more than enough. If you need extra freezer space, all major retailers sell small stand alone freezers starting at less than $200.
The simple answer is about 85 lbs of packaged beef. The real answer is it depends on the starting and hanging weight, plus the weight loss that occurs in dry aging and processing to turn the quarter into the ideal individual cuts. A restaurant purchasing a whole beef for hamburger would have a much higher ratio of hanging weight to packaged weight than the typical consumer wanting the ideal cuts. We estimate a 35% variance from hanging weight to packaged weight as an estimate using optimal standard cuts.
1. Complete the order form.
2. We will contact you for a deposit which is very roughly 50% of an average order.
3. Once all four quarters are sold and the animal is being processed, we notify you with the final invoice which is based on the weight less the deposit paid.
4. Upon payment of final invoice, we will contact you to arrange the delivery, within a 75 mile radius of Smithville. (We are happy to make alternate arrangements for distances farther than 75 miles.)
Because we do not process until all four quarters are sold and the animal is at ideal size for maximum tenderness, waiting time can be significant. The only way to get an order is to pay the deposit reserving your place on the next order and we will notify you once all four quarters are sold and send you the final invoice based on the weight of your portion of the order. While the time varies greatly, 6-12 weeks is typical although it can be less depending on growth stage of our animals and the volume of deposits coming in reserving an order.