Just a few months ago we decided to purchase a quarter of a cow from a local farmer. While I knew the upfront cost would be expensive, we decided it would work great for us to make the purchase. We are a family of 5, 2 adults, 2 preteens and one 6 year old. Let me tell you, our preteens are definitely growing and it shows in how much they eat. So we went with the quarter of a cow in hopes that would be enough beef to last us through the year.