My uncle is a farmer and this is usually how I get my beef. He is able to cut it in ways that I like (so ground vs chuck or steak, etc). It's really simple. In addition to that I CANNOT explain how much money I save by doing it. Yes, it does take up a lot of space in the freezer for that long a time, but it still tastes the same. Just don't keep it for too excessive a time, even then food gets bad no matter what. I would suggest starting with 1/2 a cow at first until you know what you are going to do with it. After that you can increase. A full cow is A LOT of meat.
Another thing I love about getting meat from a farmer is that you are supporting her/him in his industry. That's really important for both your state's economy and for his family. Farmers are abused. Especially with the frozen section in the freezer section of the grocery store. I know people hate hearing about farm animal abuse and how some farms keep their animals, but its more common that it is not. It's due to supply and demand; efficiency is gains more money than morals.
By getting meat through a farmer you're more guaranteed better food for your body and better community support. Definitely go for it!! (Last comment: you probably could get beef and pork from your local farmer too. I also am lucky enough to get bison/buffalo (which is SUPER healthy.)