We have some amazing pork available for sale now. We’re selling half and whole purebred Berkshire hogs – a breed known for their deliciousness. We fed them transitional organic feed, hay, and table scraps. They‘ve been raised in a group of 5 littermates. We’ve never given them hormones or antibiotics, and they have an old-style pig pen with two shelters and a yard where they like to wallow and lie around in the shade and sometimes sleep under the stars on nice nights.
We’ll be processing them on Aug 20, and we need to hear from you as soon as possible so we can give the processor about your “cutting order,” (what kind of cuts you’d like).
We’ll be selling them for $3.25 a pound hanging weight (which is different from the amount of meat you bring home in packages) plus processing cost, which is estimated at $170. Here’s an estimate of how that breaks down:
Live weight: 300 lbs
Hanging weight: 204 lbs (also called carcass weight or hook weight)
Packaged weight: 145 lbs
So, a whole hog might cost approximately $833 ($3.25 x 204 lbs plus $175 processing cost). This comes out to about $5.78/lb for the packages. A half hog might be approximately half that: $417.
This cost is a very rough estimate. The price per pound could be less, depending on what you ask the processor to do with your meat. For example, if you don’t want prepared sausage or smoked bacon and ham, you could save about $50 on the cost of processing the hog. If you wanted more than the average amount of sausage and smoked cuts, you could pay more. Another variable in the total price will be the size of the hog. Live weight, hanging weight and packaged weight can vary from hog to hog.
Customers would pick up the meat themselves at Dennison Meats. This is a very well-respected small processor that will help you keep your cost down, and we are especially grateful that they can work with customers who need to avoid gluten, msg and/or nitrates, but who still want delicious things like sausage, ham and bacon. If you’re avoiding those ingredients, we’ll want you talking to the processor ahead of time so they can be sure they’re getting you what you need.
To reserve a hog or half hog, send a non-refundable $150 deposit (check is fine) to our farm: Auntie Annie’s Fields, 12456 Bagley Ave. Dundas, MN 55019. Deposit are due by 8/12 — or when we sell out.