We've assembled a local beef directory to help connect you with options to purchase beef directly from beef farmers. If you're interested, check out our list of local beef farms!
Buying beef directly from a local farmer or rancher often involves purchasing a half or quarter share of a live animal. Understanding roughly how much beef you will receive and the choices you will be able to make about cuts is key to having a great experience and getting the value you seek.
Purchasing locally raised meat allows you to support local livestock producers and to know where and how your meat animal was raised.
The University of Idaho Extension office has a helpful guidebook that steps you through the process.
Like the farmers and ranchers who choose how best to raise their cattle for beef, you have choices when it comes to the beef you buy. You may see a variety of statements that reflect different production practices. Learn more about what these mean and make informed purchasing decisions.
If you are a cattle producer interested in expanding your options for delivering your beef to Idaho's buy-local market, you are invited and encouraged to complete the online application.
If you are new to selling direct to consumers you should contact the University of Idaho (U of I) local extension office to find out how to comply with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) regulations and learn how to meet labeling requirements.
BQA Certified - Beef Quality Assurance is a program that trains farmers and ranchers on best practice cattle management techniques to ensure their animals and the environment are cared for within a standard set of guidelines and regulations across the U.S. beef industry.
Natural - A product containing no artificial ingredient or added color and is only minimally processed.
Grass Finished - Animals spend their whole lives eating grass or forage.
Grain Finished - Animals spend the majority of their lives eating grass or forage and then are finished on grain.
Meridian, ID 83642
Comments: Meridian Meat & Sausage offers quality beef and veal. We have been in business since 1960 and are family-owned and operated.
2381 US Highway 96
PO Box 5
Council, ID 83612
Comments: We have always practiced humane, low stress handling practices. Following legal requirements our heifers are bangs vaccinated. Bulls, cows and heifers are treated wormed annually treated with 8-way and and cows and calves are vaccinated with Bovishield Gold. Calves are vaccinated at branding and preconditioned 30-days prior to weaning.
We offer whole beef, 1/2 beef, individual packages of all primal cuts, including ground beef. All of our finished beef are grass fed. Our herd is mostly Angus crossbred with an approximate 20% contribution from Hereford and Charolais seed stock.
Other than seed stock, we have maintained a closed herd for twenty-two years. Biosecurity is very important to us, access to our ranch is strictly limited. Our herd lives year-round on our ranch and are not transported to winter or summer pasture. We raise all the hay fed to the cows and calves through the winter on fields that are not fertilized or sprayed with anything.
279 N 400 E
Blackfoot, ID 83221
Global Animal Partnership - Level 4
IMI Global Non-GMO certified
Comments: We sell beef by the quarter, half, and whole. The product is individually packaged and customized orders are available open request to include steak size, jerky, burger patties etc.
We are a fifth generation family ranch raising grass-finished cattle in Southeast Idaho. Our cattle spend their lives on pasture, never receive added growth hormones and are handled using low-stress techniques. Our ranch is home to a diverse landscape of soils, plants and animals and we manage our resources holistically.
215 14th Ave S
Nampa, ID 83651
Comments: We’re not your average meat shop. Most of what we sell is custom cut and hand wrapped or vacuum sealed to each customer’s specifications. When you walk through our doors you’re greeted with a smile and handed your order, as opposed to a traditional meat case. This ensures that the meat is fresh and cut just how you like it.
Custom Cuts: We typically keep tenderloin, marinated tri-tip, rib-eye, prime rib and new yorks on hand, just tell us how many your feeding or how thick you'd like the cut. We also season, marinate or sauce our meats upon request at no additional charge so your meal is ready to take home and cook the way you want it.
Meat Bundles: We offer a variety of bundles that can fit your budget and fill your freezer.
Locker Beef / Pork: Lastly, we offer locker beef and pork in whole, half and quarters. Cut and double wrapped to your families specifications.
PO Bex 124
Hammett, ID 83627
Comments: Desert Mountain Grass Fed Beef offers grass fed/finished Akaushi beef. No antibiotics, no hormones, non GMO, gap step 4, and pasture-raised birth to finish by our family ranchers.
We raise 100% grass-fed and finished beef- creating a circle of sustainability between the sun, grass, water, and soil for the good of the whole.
2781 Central Ridge Rd
Craigmont, ID 83523
Comments: Here at Big Canyon Beef we provide USDA inspected, wholesome, delicious individual cuts of beef, such as rib steaks, T-bone steaks, Tomahawk steaks, hamburger, patties, and a few choice roasts. We also provide 1/4's, 1/2's, and whole beef for the customer who wants to buy in bulk. You can now order online and we will ship directly to your door or if you are local enough we have scheduled bi-monthly drop off points around our region. Our cattle are either fed hay or out on grass. When the cattle reach about 800 lbs we continue to keep them on pasture and supplement them with barley to get that great finished taste. Our cattle are bred to be more moderate in size so they can traverse steep, rugged country more efficiently. We have been also selecting bulls with great carcass merits to ensure our customers have tender, flavorful beef that will keep them coming back. Our cattle have been grading 95% choice and prime when we do take them to the packers.
We are a family ranch located in scenic north central Idaho on the breaks of the Clearwater River. We are deeply passionate about holistic grazing and leaving the grass and pastures healthier for generations to come. The last few years we have been concentrating on regenerative agriculture and using the cattle as a tool for soil health.