Pastured Pork

We have butcher dates scheduled for August, October, and December 2021.  Contact us to be added to the waitlist to purchase a whole or half hog.  The piglets are on pasture and growing!  For more information on the amount of each type of cut to expect, see the chart at the bottom of the page.  The pigs are a mix of Berkshire hogs, which are noted for their excellent pork quality.

We have produced pigs each year to harvest for pork. For several years, we had purchased weaned piglets and raised them.  As of 2020, we are producing our own piglets.  The pigs are fed a commercial hog feed, along with sweet corn, pumpkins, eggs that are cracked when collected, hay, fresh turnips, and other diverse foods that are available to them on our small farm.  They spend their entire lives here on the farm.

Pork cut sheet
Rough butcher's guide to pork cuts from a bygone era

If you’ve never purchased a whole or half hog for your freezer, the process may seem daunting.  We deliver the pig to the butcher.  You will decide things like how you would like your meat packaged, how many servings in a package, what type of sausage, etc.  The butcher will ask guiding questions to help you choose.  While there really is no such thing as a “typical” pig, below are some ballpark numbers from this past winter.

Here are the assumptions on which this table is based:  a hog which weighs 250 lbs., half of the loin is cut into chops, and half of the loin is cut into roasts.  Again, there is no typical pig, but these numbers are based on actual take-home from the butcher.

Pork Cuts

Cut / ItemTake-home YieldPercentage of live weight
Scrapple14-15 lbs.6%
Lard14-15 lbs.6%
Bacon14-15 lbs.6%
Ham30-35 lbs.13%
Sausage30-35 lbs.14%
Shoulder15-17 lbs.7%
Chops15-17 lbs.7%
Roasts18-20 lbs.8%
Ribs10-12 lbs.4%

Based on our actual experience, total packaged meat, lard, and scrapple picked up from the butcher will be in the 160-180 pound range from a 250 pound pig.  Do you have any questions about the idea of buying a whole or half hog?  Contact us!