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Old 12-03-2012, 01:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I called to get some more prices for red meat and to my surprise the guy I ended up talking to was familiar with raw feeding and claims that they sell to "dog people" all the time! I asked him for some suggestions based on what they offer to the other "dog people" and I also asked for some specific cuts (mostly the lamb out of curiousity - I knew it would be VERY pricey and I was right!) and got the following prices. I'm curious to see where these numbers would rate with you.

The ones that I have ** before are the ones he recommended and said he sells a lot of them to dog people. Of course he doesn't know the dog sizes so they may not work for boxers.

CHICKEN
** All natural frames: $20 for a case of 40lb (sounds good, but will this be to much bone for boxers?)
** Chicken Necks: $20 for a case of 40lb (thinking these'll be to small for boxers)

BEEF
Cubed Beef: $32.29 for a case of 10lb.
** Ground Beef: $12.45 for a case of 5lb.

PORK
Cubed Pork: $19.99 for a case of 10lb.
** Frozen Briscuit Bones w/Meat: $29.70 for a case of 30lb (I've never heard of this. Do you feed this?)

LAMB
Boneless Leg: $158.73 (OUCH!!) for a case of 37lb.
Cubed Lamb: $69.99 for a case of 10lb.
** Frozen Ground Lamb: $49.99 for a case of 10lb.
** Square Cut Chuck Lamb: $89.70 for a case of 30lb.
** Lamb Trimmings: $55.50 for a case of 10lb. (Would you buy this? He said these are basically scrap pieces after they trim the legs, etc.).

GOAT (surprised they offer goat!)
** Cubed Goat: $119.60 for a case of 40lb.

RABBIT
Whole frozen: $91.60 for a case of 40lb.

Last questions. When you call around for red meats do you typically ask for boneless? Since there are like a billion different cuts what do you ask for? Do you just say you're looking for cuts of beef or do you specifically ask for a rump roast for example? It's getting to be kind of overwhelming trying to find a good red meat source considering how many different options there are.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, expensive. I wonder if he's tryijg to rip you off though with all the "dog food" stuff.

The pork prices look okayish though. The brisket would be ok to feed I believe. The frames may be too much bone. Trimmings are mainly fat. I can't believe they would expect you to pay $5 a lb. I've heard of others getting it for .25 a lb.

Everything else is way more than I would pay for.




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Old 12-03-2012, 04:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is actually a large supplier of meats (Poultry Products of NE), actually the same place I just got my chicken and turkey from. I grabbed a book from the cashier when I went to pick up my order Sat, but nobody was in sales at the time to help with pricing. He seemed to know what he was talking about so I don't think he's trying to be sneaky with me. I think it might just be that my area is pricey with meats. I live on the east coast. The way I understand it is that things are pricier on the coasts.... *sigh*
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Some of those are pretty pricey IMO. When I buy red meat I tend to get boneless and then use chicken to get the bone ratio in.

I try to shop at my local grocery store for red meats though. I often find pork on sale for under $1 a lb. Either pork roasts, ribs, or steaks. Then with beef I've been buying ground because I've gotten deals for $1.50 a lb.

Have you checked out prices for beef & lamb hearts?? Hearts are considered a muscle meat, not organ and can be fed a little cheaper. I was able to get 2 lbs of beef heart for $4.54 and 5 lbs of lamb hearts for $13.25. Goat is $16.95 for 5 lbs.

I'm guessing that it depends on where you live.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Dang Lisa, those are good prices! I stopped at our grocery store yesterday to compare prices. The cubed beef is ON SALE at my grocery store at $4.59lb!!! The ground hamburger is priced by the fat %, the cheapest was $2.99lb. Ground lamb at my grocery store is $8.99lb and the cubed lamb is $9.99lb. I didn't even think to double check the pork. So, for me it would be cheaper to buy my red meats in bulk from this chain. Will be doing some more research though.

I'll check into getting hearts. For some reason I always forget that those qualify as muscle meat!
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I think I've found my source for red meats! On another forum I was redirected to Top Quality Dog Food who delivers monthly to a location only 5 minutes from my house!! They have very good prices, compared to what I've found so far. I've already missed the cut off for this month's delivery on this Sat which is fine so I won't be placing my order until next month.

Here are the prices I'm looking at through them.

Beef Ground 80/20 - 5lb rolls @ $1.85lb
Beef Heart Chunks $1.85lb
Beef Kidneys $1.45lb
Beef Lung Chunks $1.75lb
Goat Ground w/bone (18% bone) 2lb rolls @ $3.85lb
Lamb Ground $3.65lb
Lamb Ground w/bone 5lb rolls @ $2.85lb
Pork Ground 5lb rolls @ $1.85lb
Pork Heart $1.85lb
Pork Liver $1.75lb
Rabbit Ground w/fur no intestines 5lb rolls @ $2.25lb

They also have a few mixes of rabbit. All are 50% rabbit and the other half is either duck, beef, chicken breast meat, or lamb and they're all in 5lb rolls @ $2.25lb except for the lamb which is at $2.50lb.

There is much more that I'll probably end up ordering over time, but the beef, lamb, and rabbit were the main meats I've been trying to find. I'm more than happy to pay these prices especially since I won't have shipping fees, I can pick up just 5 minutes from my house, and I don't have to buy in 30-40lb cases.
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** Square Cut Chuck Lamb: $89.70 for a case of 30lb. This works out to $3 per lb

RABBIT
Whole frozen: $91.60 for a case of 40lb This is a great price at $2.30 lb

GOAT (surprised they offer goat!)
** Cubed Goat: $119.60 for a case of 40lb. This is also a good price at $3 lb

Like Lisa mentioned, I would look into purchasing hearts. When I call places I ask for hearts, lung and meaty trim.
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Thanks for the input Kari. Not sure if you saw my post before yours, but I have found another source which I think I'll go with. Some of the prices are slightly more than the original supplier I posted about, but everything else is cheaper and I won't have to buy as much at a time which will work out better for me. I'm looking to place an order for next month. Very excited to finally get a good price on lamb and rabbit!
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