Our Beef Cattle operation is located in Falkville, Alabama. Falkville is 12 miles south of
Decatur and 12 miles north of Cullman. Our Beef Cattle Operation consists of Registered
Charolais, Registered Angus, and Crossbred Commercial Cows. Our Commercial cows
are primarily Charolais, Angus, Red Angus, Hereford and Gelbvieh. Our Registered stock
is used as breeding stock throughout the United States. In addition to breeding stock,
we’ve been selling “top quality beef” for over 60 years.
Each year we choose “select calves” from our Beef Cattle Operation to supply top quality
beef for our beef production and custom beef markets. We service all of North Alabama,
South Tennessee and surrounding areas.
Our goal is to raise a wholesome, safe food supply and humanely raise our cattle as we
produce remarkable top quality beef for our customers.
Our Charolais beef is naturally lean, but still maintains good marbling that is necessary for
tenderness and taste. Marbling is very important in top quality beef. We own and use
several bulls that are in the top 10% of the Charolais breed for marbling.
We also raise Registered Angus. Angus beef is not as lean as Charolais, but normally has
more marbling and is also considered very tender.
We don't feed any growth hormones or antibiotics to our calves.
The diet of our calves is primarily grass along with high quality hay that we raise on our
farm. To have well marbled, tender, and tasty beef, a well managed high quality feed
regimen is required. To finish the calves and get them ready for high quality beef, we use
locally grown corn and soy bean products in our feed.
From birth, our calves are raised on their mother’s milk, grass, and a high quality creep
feed that is purchased from our local Morgan Farmer’s Co-op store. Co-op Beef Feeds and
Supplements are specifically formulated to work in harmony with Southeastern forages to
allow us to maximize the potential of our cattle operation. Co-op products are backed by
the latest in technology and nutritional research to keep our animals healthy and
productive at any stage of life. High quality co-op minerals are also fed free choice to insure
proper health and development of the calf.
After weaning, the calves are kept on our grass, our hay, and grain that are raised by local
We offer your choice of a “Quarter”, "Half", or "Whole" beef.
Our beef is priced at $2.00 per pound for the live animal. We weigh the calf then load it on our trailer and deliver it to the Processor. The Processor charges a $40.00 entry fee, and $0.67 per pound of dressed weight to process and freeze the beef. A calf will dress between 55% and 65%, with the average being around 60%.
The amount of beef you will take home from the processor is 55% to 65% of the dressed weight, and averages about 60% of the dressed weight.
Example: A 1,000 pound calf at $2.00 per pound = $2,000.00. 60% of the live weight would be 600 pounds. 60% of the dressed weight would be 360 pounds. 360 pounds is the amount of beef you would plan to take home from the processor.
$2,000.00 divided by 360 pounds = a final take home price averaging about $5.55 per pound.
Keep in mind we are talking about averages of live weight and dressed weight. The indiviual cuts of meat you choose will also play a part in how many pounds are taken home due to some cuts are bone in and others are bone out.
If you order a Half or Whole beef, you will be able to choose how the calf is cut up. If you order a Quarter the cuts will be standard. The standard cuts are as follows. 2 Steaks per package, and 3LB Roasts. The steaks are Ribeye (boneless), 3/4", Sirloin 3/4", Filet Mignon 1.5", New York Strips 3/4", and Round Steak Tenderized 1/2" thick. Round Steak is also known as Cubed Steak. The Roasts will be Sirloin Tip Roast, Chuck Roast, Shoulder Roast, and Rump Roast. The Hamburger will be approx. 85/15 in 1LB packages.
Once your order is placed you will be added to the next available processing date. The calf will be weighed then delivered to the processor on the same day it is weighed. We use Don’s Slaughter House in Trinity, Alabama. Don’s Slaughter House is a state inspected facility.
We will send you an invoice via e-mail for your part, (Quarter, Half, or Whole), of the calf. Payment will be due on receipt of our invoice. If you do not have e-mail we can mail the invoice to you via USPS.
Click on the Custom Beef Order Form to get an idea of the options of how you want your beef cut up, and in what size packages, (For Half or Whole). We will call you to fill out the Beef Order Form and help advise you on different cuts to maximize your individual family needs. When completed, we will send the form to the Processor for you.
The processor will figure the processing fees from the dressed weight. You will pay the processor for your percentage of the entry fee and processing. The beef is normally aged for 10-14 days before processing. It takes approximately 18-21 days for the aging, processing, packaging, and freezing to be completed.
You will be notified by the processor when your beef is ready and to schedule a time to pick up your custom beef at the processor. You pay the processor when the frozen beef is picked up.
RAS Land & Cattle Co. LLC
Robert & Alan Summerford
4087 Hwy 31 SW
Falkville, AL 35622