Buying whole animals direct from the farm allows you to choose the quality of meat that you like, as well as how it was raised, fed, finished, and even cut and packaged. We are lucky in central Illinois as there are many choices: grass-fed or grain-finished? Certified organic or conventional? How about a heritage livestock breed? There are a lot of options! Getting started is easy once you understand a few of the common terms when it comes to purchasing and processing a whole animal.