Is it a good deal to get a Side of Beef, Whole Pig, etc.
You need to educate yourself prior to purchasing a whole beef, side of beef, whole pig, whole lamb, etc. It is almost like buying a car - do your research, talk to a local butcher about cuts, talk to the farmer about cuts, ask for prices up front, estimated yields, any additional costs that would be involved - labeling, vacuum packaging, fresh or frozen, pick up or delivery.
I spend a lot of time educating folks on the cuts to get when purchasing whole and 1/2 carcass animals. From ground chuck to Bone in Steaks, roasts, stew, tallow, tongue, kidneys, livers, etc. If you feed a raw diet to your pets you will make out like bandits as you will obtain a higher yield of the carcass than most could think of.
If you are looking at buying a whole carcass - do the research first. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.