Abbott Farms
Free-Range Beef

Are you looking for hormone-free, steroid-free meat? You’re in the right place! We buy our calves from Central New York State dairy farmers who raise Holsteins. Their steers spend a year and a half on our farm, where we raise them on grass pasture, hay, grains, and potatoes we grow and grind ourselves.

We don’t use any growth hormones, steroids, or sub-therapeutic antibiotics. We bring the calves into the winter barn after Thanksgiving, and put them on pasture as soon as we can after the snow’s gone.

We use a USDA Certified Butcher shop in NYS for all of our processing. Your meat stays in New York State from birth to butcher. Whether it’s custom-cut or in our retail freezer case, Abbott Farms beef is high-quality meat that’s hormone-free and good for you and your family. You can buy our beef four ways: Handi-Pack, Sampler Box, Custom Cut, and Retail.

Custom Cut is a guarantee to purchase 1/4 or 1/2 of a cow. This is a great option for families with a chest freezer or for extended families to share. Meat is custom-cut and wrapped to your specifications. Some choices you have are paper or vaccuum-wrap, thickness of steaks, weight of roasts, tenderloin and prime rib, percent lean on hamburger (90%), size of patties, sandwich steak or stew, and kinds of steak (delmonico, porterhouse, NY strip, etc). We typically slaughter in the spring. If you want to be notified, click on “sign up for our e-newsletter.” Click on the “Beef” box. We will contact you via e-mail. Custom sales are first-come, first-served and are subject to availability.

Custom meat is sold by hanging weight. A half-steer might weigh between 325-375 lbs. hanging weight. Two quarter-steers last year were 153 lbs. and 128 lb. hanging weight. In 2012 the price per pound of hanging weight is $3.50. Please note that hind-quarter only custom orders cost $3.75 per pound of hanging weight. Our typical yield is 75% of hanging weight but can vary plus or minus 10% with the animal and cutting decisions.

Here are two examples from our 2008 custom sales. One side was 377 lb. hanging weight and yielded 245 lbs. of packaged meat. Another side with a 355 lb. hanging weight, cut differently (with thicker steaks, larger roasts, and 90% lean ground beef), yielded 260 lbs. of meat. In each case the hanging weight was multiplied by $3.15, and that was the buyer’s final cost.

We also sell Retail cuts of beef in our freezer case in the store all year round. Packages are vaccuum-sealed in a see-through wrap. We have a good selection in stock, including ground beef (85% lean), patties, roasts, and tender steaks. Prices are competitive with other retail stores, but with Abbotts you are buying our very own farm-raised beef!

Is your beef organic?

Our beef is not certified organic, but it is hormone-free. Our cows do not receive sub-therapeutic antibiotics or hormones fed to them. This means that if they are sick they are treated with antibiotics, and if they are not sick, they’re not treated. They pasture on grass all summer. In the fall when the grass slows down we green chop (not ensiled) our sweet corn stalks to supplement the grass. For the winter they eat our own hay, corn and soybeans. The hay is ensiled (fermented) to preserve it and break down the cell walls for digestion.

Buy local!

How Much Beef Will We Eat?

In an average 2-week period, 

Hamburgers 1X = 1 lb
Meatloaf 1X = 2 lb
Spaghetti 1X = 1 lb
Meatballs 1X = 1 lb
Lasagne/ziti 1X = 1 lb

= 6 lb  X  24  2-week periods (48 wks) = 144 lb

Over the course of a year,

Pot roast 4X = 12 lb 
BBQ beef 6X =  7 lb
Steak 4X =  8 lb
Stew/shaved 4X =  4 lb

= 31 lb  + 31 lb

Family of 4 for 1 year:   175 lb   (1/4 cow) 

Holstein beef is leaner than most beef, which is important to consumers interested in a low-fat diet, yielding a carcass with 25.30% less trimmable fat than beef breeds.  Dairy breeds tend to  marble well since fat accumulates inside the muscle instead of outside. Holsteins also marble well and can produce prime carcasses.