We’re still taking orders for half and whole hog. These hogs ate certified organic feed (meaning non-GMO and no sprays) and were raised outside with a varied diet. The pork will be available in mid-November.
To put down a $150 deposit to reserve a half hog, contact us via phone or e-mail, or use this Paypal button. (If you use the Pay Pal button, please e-mail us at auntieanniesfieldsATgmailDOT com with your contact information!) The remainder of the cost will be paid when you pick up your pork at Dennison Meats in November.
How much does it cost, and how much pork would I get?
A whole hog would cost VERY ROUGHLY $915 including processing, and a half hog would be VERY ROUGHLY $458. A whole hog would yield very roughly 145 lbs of meat, and a half hog would be around 73 lbs of meat. This breaks down to roughly $6.30/lb for the packaged pork.
How is the final cost calculated?
We charge $3.35/lb hanging weight plus processing cost, which is estimated at $230 per hog. Here’s an estimate of how that breaks down for a whole hog:
Live weight: 300 lbs
Hanging weight: 204 lbs
Packaged weight: 145 lbs
So, a whole hog might cost approximately $915 ($3.35 x 204 lbs plus $230 processing cost) and a half hog would be half that amount.
That price will vary depending on the size of the hog, and also on what you ask the processor to do with your meat. If you want just fresh cuts but no prepared sausage or smoked cuts (like bacon and ham), you could save on the cost of processing the hog. If you wanted more than the average amount of sausage and smoked cuts, you could pay more.
How are your hogs raised?
We feed them:
• Certified organic feed,
• Hay from our own land,
• Eggs from our organic-fed chickens
• A small amount of leftover fruits vegetables as a little treat (some organic, and some not).
They are raised in a small herd of 10 hogs. We’ve never given them hormones or antibiotics, and they have an old-style pig pen with a shelters and a yard where they like to wallow and play around and sometimes sleep under the stars on nice nights.
What kind of cuts will I get?
If you order half a hog, you’ll get the right or left side of a particular animal. Within that, you can get as creative as you like or keep it simple. The processor can give you a pretty standard set of cuts, or you can take this on as a creative work. For example, if know you love brats more than roasts, the processor can talk with you about your choices for brat recipes, and then cut your animal accordingly. Want extra-thick pork chops? No problem. Love bacon? There’s only so much on each side of an animal, but most bacon lovers also adore cottage bacon. Want everything packed up for a family of 2? OK! Setting up a cutting order for your hog can be a fun process.
A HALF hog would yield something around: 23 pork chops, 3 lbs Spare Ribs, 9 lbs ground pork (maybe for sausage?), 15lbs ham (for a great potroast or smoked for big hams or ham steaks), 8 lbs bacon, 14 lbs roast, 5 lbs Stew Bones, 8 lbs unrendered lard. Again, it’s possible to play with these amounts sometimes to have more sausage, etc.
I need to avoid gluten and nitrates! I am delighted that Dennison Meats can work with you to avoid nitrates, gluten, and most other ingredients that one might be avoiding. If that’s the case for, you should talk directly with the processor about your needs. She is fabulous at guiding you through these choices.
When and where will the pork be available?We’ll be processing the hogs in early November. If you order smoked meat, your pork will be available a couple of weeks later. The fresh cuts will be available sooner. When you pick up your hog at Dennison Meats, (109 Farm Road, Dennison, Minnesota 55018,) you’ll pay both the processing cost (to Dennison ) and the remainder of the cost of the hog (to us). If you like, click to see Dennison Meat’s website, or call them at 507-645-8734