Every year, my family buys a cow to slaughter. We do everything from "Dispatching" it to Eating it (of course). Haven't bought beef from the market in I don't know how long. We usually split it up between 2-3 houses, and it lasts all year till its time to do it again, which it is nearing that time again. It used to cost about $700, now its about $1700-1800. Last year we got it free b/c my father in-law did some work on his uncle's tractor and thats the guy who we get it from. I realize that the price to feed these animals is not getting cheaper, but IMHO, I still think its the best way to go. There is nothing like having a chest freezer full of red meat to last all year long. The only thing I worry about is in the event of a power outage that would last more than a few days, we need to invest in a generator (preferably solar so gas can be used in other applications). I will search or start a new thread that focuses more on the generator as to not get topics mixed up. I was just curious to how many folks buy meat in bulk, whether it be beef, pork, poultry, etc.... and how much you're paying.