I'm getting half a beef from a beef-raising co-worker who does things the old German Lutheran farmer way. Her family has used the same butcher forever, and I can specify what cuts I want. My parents used to do this, and I have a totally empty deep freezer, so I know its a lot of meat and I'm ready.
What cuts (beyond just having them do whatever they normally do) to specify. Some people around here have most of it ground up, but I really don't want to do that.
Any general tips? Any wonderful things I need to not forget to ask for? Should I ask for part of the tail?