Pastured Pork : Sold Out! (thanks!)

 

!! sold out !!

thank you!

 

Pastured Pork For Sale : By the Half or Whole

(these will be sold first come- first serve)

pigs with apples 2015

In addition to pasture, each week our pigs get about 180 gallons worth of garden produce.  We also offer them Graham’s Certified Organic Swine feed.  This is a balanced feed with energy, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. We put this in tubs, adding water until it’s a sloppy oatmeal consistency. Daily we feed just enough for them to finish in about ten minutes time.

 

pigs with pea plants 2015

These are very healthy, very active, super energetic animals. We provide plenty of space for all sorts of exercise and pig antics. These are happy, absolutely exceptional animals with fabulous taste.

 

one of the pigs 2015

We will be selling these well-tended pigs by the half or whole, pre-ordered. You will make arrangements with us to purchase a half or whole. You will then make arrangements with the Grahams in Rosebush to have them USDA butchered and processed. You will be able to order your pork cut and packaged as you choose (*click here to better understand what cuts you can select from a half pig).

Click here for a note on yield: “A 250 lb pig yields a hanging weight of about 180 lbs. That is after slaughter and cleaning, head, skin, feet and tail on. This is how animals are sold – by the hot hanging weight after slaughter. Cutting to standard commercial cuts yields about 67% of hanging weight or about 125 lbs of actual cuts like you would see in the store. BUT! What happened to that other 60 lbs of your animal? We do dry age chilling during which there is about a 3% loss due to evaporation of water. This is good – it improves the quality of the meat. There is a little loss to trimming. The rest is oddments and a lot of good stuff. Eat them. Eat the pig nose-to-tail, top-to-bottom. All of the pig is delicious. Bones make fantastic soup and stew stock. The head can be baked, stewed or made into jelled pork, what we call brawn. The trotters and hocks can be smoked for use in delicious, nutritious soups where you get the benefit of the knuckle gelatin. The tail makes excellent soup stock. The back fat makes a fine lard for healthy cooking. The leaf lard makes great pastries. The organs are filled with vitamins and iron. Be a creative cook. Eat like a farmer. Use the oddments – It’s all great pastured pork! See this article about What Good is a Pig.”

We anticipate each half pig weighing between 70-90# “hanging weight” (This is the processor’s weight measure. We will charge you $4.00/pound based upon this hanging weight.)

This will yield between 45-60# “commercial cuts” per half hog. Commercial cuts include pork chops, hams, steaks, roasts, bacon, ground pork, sausage, bratwurst, etc. You can place your customized cutting order directly with the Grahams. They can talk you through your many, many options – all of which are extremely tasty! The Grahams will charge you a slaughter fee and a processing fee. This will vary depending on the weight of the animal, and your choices for processing. Anticipate an additional $0.75-$1.20 per pound hanging weight.

There are two charges, paid separately. One is to us to purchase the pig. The second is to the Grahams to process the pig for you. You will pick up your finished order at the Grahams.

Your total cost, per half, will likely range from $330-$450. I know it’s a large range.  While the cost of a half or whole pig is very economical compared to buying cuts of similar quality pork, I know this can be a challenge to budget for.  If you need to stay at a certain dollar amount, please contact us and we can likely work this out.

If you are interested please be in touch. You can reach us at tel#989-382-5436, or  email: swierfamilyfarm@yahoo.com

Thank you very much!

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