My "free range" is the woods and the livestock is whitetail.
I'm also on a roadkill list. About 1 1/2 deer will feed me for a year. One from hunting and the half from roadkill.
Pork is another hunting option. Many southern states have a year round season on feral hogs.
If hunting or roadkill isn't an option I would go for buffalo. I've never heard of them being lot raised and I've heard they are tender. But it's also very expensive when packaged.
You can readily buy that here at healthfood groceries.
The bad thing about sides or quarters is how much burger you get. Even with the deer I end up with too much burger. I even bought a ground beef jerky shooter to use some of it up.
Originally Posted by auburnchick
Yes, it is more expensive, but you are gaining many benefits from eating free range/grass fed meat.
LOL, spoken like a true southerner
Come on up here and taste the difference between corn fed and grass fed. Fat is the flavor. I couldn't believe the difference between IL beef and TX beef when I was there.
One thing I greatly miss from eating so much venison is the fat (and I'm like Jack Sprat when it comes to cutting the fat off steaks but just having it there adds a lot of flavor).
Originally Posted by feministmama
How many pounds do you get in a whole cow?
Of meat I'm not sure, but around 1500 lbs on the hoof according to a rancher friend.
Going by whitetail about 1/2 of that would be meat.
I think that's about right for what I've seen sides of beef going for.
Of course that greatly depends on the type and how old it was.