Dexter Bull Beef
Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:14 am
We recently had slaughtered and butchered a non short 11 month old Dexter bull. We were unable to castrate this animal as only 1 testicle had descended. We would not normally send an animal for slaughter at this age but as he was getting active we felt it was the right choice. The carcass dead weight was 149 Kg and after the carcass had been butchered we had a total of 103 Kg of meat excluding offal to sell. Meat sold vacuum packed. The meat was lean when compared to steers we would normally slaughter at 20-24 months. We have sold 75% of the meat and feedback from customers has been excellent, a member of one lady’s family who bought a pack said the topside beef joint was the best beef she had ever eaten. We are certainly enjoying the beef we kept for ourselves. As this animal was under 12 months of age I believe it can’t be sold as beef but Rose Veal?. But due to customers positive comments it is something we will do again if the need arises. We sold the beef for a very reasonable price of £9.13 Kg and the total value was £942 (includes beef we kept for ourselves) allowing for slaughter and butchering costs of €165 this gave us a return of £777 minus rearing costs etc. The alternative to this would have been to put him through the livestock market where I would have been lucky to get £300.