Purchasing a Whole or Half Berkshire Hog
WE ARE TAKING A BREAK FROM RAISING HOGS TILL ...MAYBE SUMMER 2024
***WE DO NOT DELIVER***
Fill your freezer with free-range, humanely-raised, delicious Berkshire pork from farmers you trust at Blue Rooster Farm!
We eat the meat we raise. We only use antibiotics if breeding stock require it and we do not use synthetic hormones. Our pigs have plenty of space to roam and root, they stay in peer groups because pigs are social and curious animals. We source non-GMO oats, corn (when available), alfalfa, and minerals to mix our own feed. We also give our pigs access to pasture and vegetable compost. Compare our pork with what you find in the grocery store and we are convinced you’ll appreciate the difference.
Buying bulk saves you money and gives you control over how your hog is processed. It is a great way to try a variety of cuts available and it will not overwhelm you or your freezer.
We Do Not Ship Orders. Customers are expected to pick up directly from the butcher shop or make arrangements to pick up at the farm. You may pick up your order at the farm, however a $50 handling fee will apply and if we are asked to hold your order for more than a week, a freezer rental charge will be applied as well.
Whole and Half Hog 3.85/lb. Hanging weight plus processing
We use several different butchers for our custom processing. Processing costs are based on weight and average around $175 - $215 / hog and, obviously, half that for a half a hog. We make this a separate charge because there are several value-added options that you may want to take advantage of such as sausage or cured bacon and ham. These options incur an extra cost per pound, but if you like the convenience and flavor of these cuts, the extra cost is well worth it. Your Hog will be cut to your specifications, vacuum packed, labeled, weighed, and frozen.
Approximately how much do I pay for a Hog?
Let’s assume your hog’s hanging weight is 200 lbs. Most of our hogs weigh between 200 - 225 lbs. hanging weight.
200 x $3.85 = $770
Plus processing fee : $75 kill fee + $.75 cut / vac pac (200 x $.75 + $150 ) = $225
Plus curing bacons / hams $.85/ lb - weights vary - cured bacons only @ 20 lbs. x $.85 =$17
Whole Hog Total = $1012 (w/ bacons cured - more if Hams are cured too)
Half a hog = $506
How much meat is on a Hog?
Hanging Weight– also known as dressed weight or carcass weight – is what you get when you remove the parts that are inedible like the hide, feet, head, some of the bones and most of the innards.
The dressing percentage for most hogs is about 72%. A 200 lb. hog will have a hanging weight or dressed weight of 144 lbs.
Is that how much I take home?
No. You take home the finished cuts or “yield”. The percentage of the hanging weight that remains is called the “yield” and is generally between 70 - 75% of hanging weight.
This percentage varies based on a number of factors including:
- Bone-in vs. boneless cuts – This will dramatically affect yield; the more boneless cuts that are made, the lower the yield.
- The amount of fat remaining on the meat cuts – The yield will vary based on how much surface fat the cutter leaves on the cuts. A hog that dresses at 144 lbs. will usually yield between 100 – 115 lbs. of take home meat.
- A whole hog costs you around $8.38 per pound of take-home meat.
What sort of cuts will I get?
If you buy a whole or half hog, you decide how it is cut and packaged, according to your tastes and needs. We are happy to walk you through the process and help you determine which cuts will be most useful and give you the most yield for your money.
How much freezer space will I need for my pork?
Plan on approximately one cubic foot of freezer space for every 15-20 pounds of meat. The interior of a milk crate is slightly more than a cubic foot. For a hog, you will need 5-6 cu. Ft of freezer space.
How do I place an order?
Call or email us and we will discuss availability and options. You can expect the time between placing and order and receiving your meat to be three to six months. We require a $100 non-refundable deposit to place an order. It will be deducted from your final balance.
Blue Rooster Farm
1499 Rt. 35 S.
East Waterford, PA 17021
Make checks payable to: Blue Rooster Farm