It might not be a cash cow, but it does pay to go "whole hog" by buying a whole animal with friends to share the cost of meat. Sides and quarters of beef have long been available but more urbanites are "cow pooling" to save space and money while contributing to the local food production scene.
There are many local meat producers who now sell directly to customers whether you are looking for grass-fed
beef or even if you want to go "whole hog"
and purchase your pork right from the farmer. You might need to make some freezer space, but buying in bulk and sharing will save you from a similar purchase at the grocery or specialty store.