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BLACK GROVE 100% BLACK ANGUS BEEF PROGRAM

What is the BLACK GROVE 100% BLACK ANGUS BEEF PROGRAM?
It is our way of providing the highest quality ALL NATURAL 100% Angus beef to our neighbors and customers in South Carolina at an affordable price. Angus cattle are recognized worldwide for their superior marbling, which insures flavor and tenderness.

Our program provides our customers the choice of purchasing either a quarter, half or whole animal. Once you place an order and put up a deposit we will handle the entire process until you pick up your purchase at the processor's place of business. We will do all the legwork – transportation, slaughter coordination, communication with the butcher, and delivery to the butcher so that YOU can focus on your life and not feel overwhelmed with this process.

What is BLACK GROVE?
Black Grove LLC is a family owned and operated Registered Black Angus ranch that has been in continuous operation in Newberry, SC for over 55 years. Black Grove has been designated by the American Angus Association as one of only 3 Historic Angus Herds in South Carolina. The Newberry Soil & Water Conservation District awarded Black Grove the Willie Peaster Award for Environmental Stewardship in 2013.

At Black Grove, we work with our cattle gently, on foot, in an effort to minimize their stress. We invite you to come by and walk through our herd with us. We are always open to visitors. For other information about Black Grove's line of products, including bulls, cows and calves, pecans (in the shell or ready to eat), and in the near future honey, please visit our website at www.blackgrove.com.

Tell me about the cows.
Our Registered Black Angus herd lives in the beautiful rolling hills of South Carolina, grazing on over 400 acres of local, native and seasonal grasses. These cattle live their lives on pasture, and are grazed in an intensively managed forage program. Only 100% Black Angus calves from our registered herd are selected for this program. They are raised NATURALLY, with no antibiotics, added hormones or steroids. At approximately 15 months of age the animals are typically weighing around 1,150 to 1,200 lbs. and are ready to be marketed. We will be happy to provide you with copies of the registration papers of your animal's parentage going back four generations. This is the beef that we feed our family and that we are proud to offer you.

How much does it cost?
Before we can answer that properly we have to share some important information about buying a quarter, half or whole beef. If you have purchased a whole beef before, skip ahead.

The Process
Here's what happens when you order a quarter, half, or whole beef from our Registered Black Angus cattle herd: The animal is selected from the ranch in Newberry and transported to a USDA certified slaughterhouse. Fourteen days after slaughter the beef is ready for butcher and it is cut into all of the rib-eyes, filets, tenderloins, roasts, ground beef, etc. As soon as it has been cut, packaged and chilled, (approximately 5 days) it is ready for pickup.

Weights
Weights are the next thing you need to understand. There are 3 weights used in the industry as standards – live weight, hanging weight and packaged weight.
Live weight is obvious. Again, averages from our ranch have been around 1,150 to 1,200 lbs.
Hanging weight is the weight reported by the slaughterhouse after killing, bled-out, removing the skin and any unusable portions of the animal. It averages approximately 60% of the animal's live weight. Hanging weight is also the metric used for most "whole animal" pricing schemes.
Packaged weight is how much actual product that you can put back into your freezer. You can expect 30+% loss from hanging weight to packaged weight due to unusable items, water weight and evaporation.

What is normal?
Every animal is different, but here is an estimated breakdown.

1200 lb. live animal
750 “hanging weight”
500 “packaged weight”

Here is a pricing example. While most farms use hanging weights to price bulk beef, our prices are based on packaged weights.

Examples
Whole cow $8.00/lb. 500lb. $4000
Half cow $9.00/lb. 250lb. $2000
Quarter cow $10.00/lb. 125lb. $1125
Eighth cow $10.00/lb 62lb. $620

If you were to buy all of the cuts separately, you would be paying significantly more.

And what exactly am I getting?
The cost savings isn't the only great thing about buying bulk beef,: it's also the ability to control your cuts. We have a standard cut sheet that most people follow. It works out to around 1/3 steaks, 1/3 roasts, and 1/3 ground beef. Some of you may have specific cuts that you do or don't want. You may only want 1/3 steaks and the balance in ground beef.

Maybe you have other special requests for the butcher – that's not a problem as long as you buy 1/2 or whole.

The way that we define quarter shares is "halved quarters." So, let's say you want a quarter share. Quarter share would get half of the front quarter and half of the back quarter. This way you will get some of most everything, and everybody stays happy.

But will it fit in my freezer?
As a general rule of thumb you should plan for 35 lbs. meat per cubic foot of freezer space. A standard kitchen fridge/freezer combo is around 7 cubic feet meaning that if it were totally empty, you could fit 245 lbs. of beef in there. If you're like most people and don't have much space in the freezer, what you want to do is invest in a deep freezer. They are cheap and unlock this world of potential for you to have years of savings through bulk meat purchasing. For a whole cow, I would recommend just getting the 15 cubic foot model.

So how do I get it?
The first Black Grove 100% Black Angus quarter, half, & whole beefs will be available in March, 2017.

Please be advised that this is a limited quantity program which requires the following deposit with the balance being due upon receipt of your product.

Whole Beef Deposit: $1,800.00
Half Deposit: $1,000.00
Quarter Deposit: $500.00

Next Steps!
To get your delicious ALL NATURAL locally grown 100% Black Angus beef from our herd of animals registered with the American Angus Association for over 55 years, simply place your order as follows:
Give us a call at 803-629-1174 and confirm your order to us with an email to bg@wshealy.com. The priority of your order will be based on the timing of the receipt of your deposit. Upon receipt of your deposit we will email you confirmation and receipt of your order and deposit and advise you the approximate date your order will be available and pickup instructions.

If you have any specific questions regarding our Black Grove 100% Black Angus Beef Program or would like more detail, send us an email at bg@wshealy.com or give us a call us at 803-629-1174.

For further information on Black Grove, please go to www.BlackGrove.com.

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