PORK: All-Natural, No hormones, No chemicals
Want All-Natural, Hormone and Chemical-Free Pork?
Since our pig-raising of last summer went so well… (rave reviews from our Farm Dinner Chefs and the best pork roast I’ve ever made myself) we’ve decided to raise more pigs this summer for pork!
Here’s how it will work:
We will grow your pig for you, charging you $5 per pound “dressed” weight and you can specify how you would like your pig butchered (custom cut) and then pay for the butchering directly to the butcher. That way you can decide how much of the pig you would like fresh, smoked or made into sausage and bacon.
What breed of pig?
We get heritage breed pigs, perhaps Large Blacks, Gloucester Old Spots, or Tamworths, or possibly a cross between. Getting a good count on the number of pigs we need to raise soon (by taking orders now) will help us locate our best options for piglets. We’d prefer a heritage breed for their superior taste, quality and natural foraging ability.
How will the pigs be raised?
No hormones, no antibiotics. The pigs will have plenty of fresh air, clean water and be fed vegetable scraps from our all-natural vegetable CSA farm share program, and supplemented with grain.
When and where butchered:
The pigs should be finished by September or October. We will determine the “when” by gauging their growth rate and harvesting them at their optimum size to yield a 200-250 pound dressed weight. We have tested two different butchers and are confident that either one will do an excellent job of processing our pigs. They both do an excellent job of smoking and making sausage as well.
The cost of a pig:
We will charge $5 per pound for the “dressed” (hanging) weight of the pig. “Dressed” means the weight once the entrails are removed. The pigs target weight will be approximately 200 to 250 pounds, for a cost of $1,000 to $1,250. The weights will fluctuate as this is more of an art than a science, and each pig varies a little in size.
Towards the end of the summer, each pig buyer will fill out their own custom cut sheet with the butcher (this can usually be done over the phone). Last Fall’s butchering worked out to be between $1.34 and $1.50 per pound depending on how much of the pig you have smoked (smoking costs more per pound). So, the butchering cost should be between $268 and $300 for a pig that dresses out at 200 pounds; or between $335 and $375 for a pig that dresses out at 250 pounds.
Your final cost paying both the farm and the butcher should be between $6.34 and $6.50 per pound dressed weight depending on how much meat you have smoked.
What’s the final yield?
Typically a pig will yield about 70-75% of the dressed weight. So a pig that dressed out at 200 pounds may yield about 150 pounds of meat. If you keep the head, hocks, and lard the yield will be much more. Using this math, your final cost per pound for that final yield weight of meat may be between $8.45 and $8.66 per pound depending on how much is smoked and of course, the size of the pig. (Note: We sold out of individual cuts of bacon, ham for $13/lb. and pork roasts for $11/lb. last summer.)
You’ll need about 4-5 cubic feet of freezer space for the whole pig.
Don’t Have Enough Freezer Space For a Whole Pig?
Consider splitting a pig (and the costs) with a friend, family member or neighbor!
How To Reserve Your Pig:
To reserve a pig, please fill out our Pig Order Form. You’ll need to send a deposit check (nonrefundable) with your completed order form... $250 for a half pig and $500 for a whole pig. You don’t have to decide on how to butcher your pig until the end of the summer and balances will be due once the butcher knows the final dressed weight. The balance owed to Devon Point Farm must be paid in full prior to the butcher breaking the pig down into individual cuts. From the time we email you with the final balance due, you will have 2 days to pay the outstanding balance in full to Devon Point Farm.
Where to Pickup Your Pork:
We will pick up your finished pork at the butcher’s and bring it back to the farm for distribution. We’ll give everyone as much notice as possible of when this will be. Please note, it will require two trips to our farm as the fresh pork comes back first and the smoked pork (ham/bacon) takes an additional 3 weeks before it is ready.
Please note: Pigs are a “seasonal” farm product at Devon Point Farm, we will only be growing and butchering one batch of pigs this summer… pigs are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and last year we were not able to fill everyone's orders... we sold out, so don't delay...order yours today!!
"We will definitely be ordering a whole pig this year! It was so yummy. I wanted to also thank you again for your recipe help at Christmas. The ham came out sooooo good. My family raved about it. I was so nervous that I would screw it up so thank you for the pointers!" - Angela LaRue, 2013