We raise Idaho Pastured Pigs (IPP) from our breeding stock on the farm. We also bring in a few other pigs when we have space. Those breeds vary. This year we have Mule Foot and some other crosses. We have also seen Herefords and Durocks in the past. These will vary with the year. We find the best available feeders each spring that match the timing, price and management practices.
The IPP’s will grow to about 250 pounds live weight on our pastures. A larger pig will get up to about 300 lbs. We charge by hanging weight because that is how our Wisconsin processors measure the animals. The hanging weight is about 72% of the live weight. Then the cuts you get from that are about 67% of the hanging weight. The largest discrepancy is going to be the processing. If you minimize the value added selections you have done with your pork the less the cost would be. If you have larger amounts smoked and sliced, the costs will increase.
We are currently using 3 different processors. We use Becks meat in Oshkosh, Quality Cut meats in Cascade and Pine River processing in Pine River. Each has a little different style of cut and optionality. I can answer specific questions to each of these choices and dates for each scheduled processor when we work out which is best for your needs.
Our Current Processing Dates are:
September 8th 2021– Becks Processing
November 12th 2021 – Quality Cut Meats
February 2022 – Pine River Processing
March 2022 – Pine River Processing
Below is our pricing structure. If you have additional questions please ask. If you choose to go forward with a payment, we have enabled payment through our website. A check is also acceptable
• Whole hogs: $5.50/# hanging weight + processing fee
o Average whole hog total: 130-150# of pork depending on processing, $1300
o Breaks down into about $1000 for the pork + $300 for processing
o Bottom line: About $9-11/# of packaged product, depending on your processing choices
• Half hogs: $6.50/# hanging weight + processing fee
o Average half hog total: 65-75# of pork depending on processing, $750
o Breaks downs into about $600 for the pork + $150 for processing
o Bottom line: About $10-12/# of packaged product, depending on your processing choices