Buying A Whole Or Half Pig
Are you interested in buying a whole or half pig from our farm? I will answer all of your questions about that here.
First, we raise our pigs on pasture and they move to a fresh pasture every week. When we first bring the pigs to our farm, we use a training pen of hog paneling so the pigs learn about electric fence. We use open fields of grass, wooded areas, lowland mixed areas to pasture our pigs out in the sunshine. We buy locally raised feeder pigs from farmers like ourselves each spring and plan to butcher the pigs in the fall or early winter. This depends on the age of the pigs when we get them and when we get them, they usually are 6-7 months old when they are ready to butcher. We feed the pigs a transitional organic, no soy feed in addition to the pasture they have access too. We give them shelter and always try to have trees in their pasture for extra shade.
We take pre-orders for our custom halves and wholes starting in the spring each year for processing later in the fall/winter of that year. We have a limited number of pigs available each year, so pre-ordering is the best way to reserve your order.
- We charge $3.50 per pound, based on the hanging weight plus processing costs. (2021 pricing)
- A whole pig averages 200 pounds hanging weight ($700) That will be about 150 pounds of take home cuts.
- Processing is usually around $220-260 per whole pig
To reserve your whole or half, we take a deposit of $75 per half. In August we will take another deposit of $75 per half. This helps spread out the cost for you and helps us buy more feed for the pigs. The remainder of your invoice will be due when the pig is processed.
At this time we take cash or check for payments. We can take credit card payments, and the up to 3% fee is charged to our customer. We do not do Paypal or other cash transfers, because we would still have the credit card fee because we are operating a business. Doing this helps us keep the cost of our products 3% lower overall.
Each winter, depending on availability, we offer retail cuts of our pork that we have inspected processed. Economically, you will save money buying the whole or half pig over retail cuts.
If you have signed up for our Newsletter, you will receive the notifications for pre-ordering our pork!