ARF Co-op's Products
ARF Co-op orders from a variety of local, state, and national suppliers on a monthly, bi-monthly and quarterly basis. (We are always looking for new suppliers as well.) Because we order together as a co-op and can meet large minimum-pound weight or total cost requirements from suppliers, we can purchase products at wholesale or discounted prices. We also save money on shipping this way.
Because we have no storefront, overhead, or middleman, we pass our savings directly on to our members. There are no hidden or embedded charges in our ordering system.
Many items we order (with the exception of a few suppliers, who offer by-the-pound pricing or smaller-sized items) are sold by the case. Cases vary in size from 10 pounds to 60+ pounds depending on what the item is. Organs are usually sold in 10 pound cases, for example, whereas bones and muscle meat are usually sold in 40-60 pound cases. Having a dedicated freezer where you can store food makes participating in the co-op much easier! However, it is usually very easy to find someone in the co-op to split a case with you if you do not want an entire case.
We are currently making regular orders from six different suppliers. Some of these suppliers sell all-natural and/or wholly-organic meats. We try to purchase such healthy, humanely-farmed products whenever possible. However, cost is an issue for some members and organic meats do cost more.
We also make regular orders from other suppliers which are not strictly organic, but sell high-quality, human-grade food. (Two of these suppliers are major restaurant distributors, so we're buying the same food served on tables all over central Texas!) Buying from a variety of suppliers allows the co-op to offer healthy products for members with different budgets.
Co-op members can regularly purchase an incredible variety of ground and whole muscle meats, tripe, organ meats, staple raw meaty bones, eggs, vegetable mixes, and recreational bones. (Some members order food for themselves from our suppliers, too.) In addition, we offer several brands of pre-made ground raw mixes for members who prefer the convenience of a pre-made mix, and a variety of whole animals for members who prefer the whole-prey model of feeding.
We order a wide variety of meats, including:
Whole chickens, chicken necks, backs, frames, wings, livers, gizzards, hearts, and leg quarters.
Pastured, grass-fed beef organs, tripe, muscle meat, edible bones, and several kinds of recreational bones.
Organic beef tripe with spleen
Whole rabbits, rabbit organs, muscle meat, and feet, as well as ground rabbits
Whole and ground quail
Natural goat organs, muscle meat, heads, and bones
Natural lamb organs, muscle meat, and bones
Organic and non-organic pork organs, muscle meat, and necks
Pre-made raw lamb, chicken, turkey, and beef bone/muscle meat mixes
Exotics such as emu, ostrich and kangaroo
Specific information on products and suppliers is available to members in the Files section of our ARF Co-op Membership Group.
Because we can get such a large variety of products, as with a human diet, feeding a home-prepared diet to your pet can be as inexpensive or as costly as you would like to make it.
We have some human-grade items (such as hearts) under $1.00/lb. Human-grade muscle meat and organs run between $1-5/lb, depending on the protein source and cut of meat. Pre-made ground bone/meat mixes run between $2-5.00/lb, with an average cost of about $2.75/lb.