Pork

Both our new and regular customers declare that our pork is the best they’ve ever tasted.  We raise purebred Tamworth as well as Tamworth/Birkshire cross pigs, from our three Tamworth sows, our Birkshire sow, and our Tamworth boar.   They are raised on pasture as well as fed Certified Organic grain.  In winter months, they are fed hay from our farm to go with their grain ration.  We enjoy the pigs, and we think you can tell by the quality of the meat.  We raise our animals slowly, keeping them for roughly 7 months before they are finished.  We think this improves the quality of the meat and lessens the amount of fat on the pigs.

You can purchase our pork in three ways!  We sell our pork by the whole or half animal, which is the most economical and allows for your choice of cuts.  We also sell by the piece both from the farm or at the Almonte Farmers’ Market.  NEW!! We are offering a convenient 40 lb.premium box!

Deposits:  If you wish to by a half or whole animal, we do ask for a $200 deposit to reserve your half animal or $400 for a whole animal.  For a 40 lb premium box, we ask for $150 deposit.  Our customers find this an agreeable arrangement, as it allows them to break up the cost.  But, it also allows us to have the cash flow to pay for the grain!

What does a “half” look like?

We aim for the animals to finish at roughly 180-240 lbs. “cutting weight”, which is the weight of the animal without the head, skin, feet, blood and fat (some butchers will call this the “hanging weight”).  One half animal  rears roughly 80-100 lbs. of pork.

The following is a rough sketch of what a half an animal includes (a whole animal would be twice this amount):

  • 1 x 6 lbs. shoulder roast* (can be turned into sausage or ground pork)
  • 10 x 2/pack loin chops (can be back bacon + back ribs + tenderloin)
  • 10-12 x 1 lb. bacon (can be left as whole belly)
  • 2 x 4 lbs. butt roasts (can be cut into chops, ground pork or turned into sausage)
  • 15 lbs. ham (cut into 2-3 lb., 4-5 lb., 10 lb, etc. hams, as you like)
  • 2 packages spare ribs
  • hocks and jowels (recommended smoked, jowels can be sliced, or both can be put towards sausage or ground pork)
  • 10 lbs. ground pork (you only get ground pork if you DO NOT want sausage)
  • sausage (shoulder must be put towards sausage as a minimum)
  • leaf lard
  • soup bones
  • trotters, tail, heart, kidneys and head are available if desired

*  Roasts can be cut smaller.

What does a “half” cost?

Our 2019 price with cut and wrap plus transportation included, works out to $6.40/lb.  Smoking is an additional $1.50/lb and sausage an additional $2.25/lb.  This is as ‘at cost’ a purchase as you can get. 

The breakdown of our pricing: $5.25/lb for our husbandry.  This covers the price of certified organic grain and maintenance costs, plus pays us for daily chores, fencing, cleaning out, etc.  Processing is $50 to kill ($25.00 per half) + 60 cents/lb. to cut and wrap.  We also charge $20/half for transportation to cover our trailering and travel costs. 

Total Cost for a half animal, with smoking and sausage (i.e. the “Cadillac version”),  is between $780-$800, depending on the size of the half.    For the “Pontiac version” half, with no sausage and little to no smoking, the cost would be around $700-$740.

What is in a 40 lb. box and what does it cost?

The 40 lb. boxes are premium boxes that take up less space in your freezer and leaves a selection of pork cuts at your finger tips!  The cost per box is $350.  We reserve the right to substitute if necessary, but will contact you ahead of time to discuss options.

40 lb. box includes:

  • 6 lbs bacon (package size may not be exactly 1 lb. per, so you may get 5 packages of 1.25 lb. bacon)
  • 6 x loin chops, 2 per pack
  • 2 smoked hams, roughly 3.5 lbs. each
  • 1 butt roast, roughly 4 lbs.
  • 6 x sausage package of 4 (flavours depending on availability…contact us for more info.)
  • 1 package spare ribs
  • 6 lbs. ground pork

Please contact us to reserve your 40 lb. box!  Availability will vary over the year.

Purchase our pork by the half/whole animal or by the piece at the farm or the Almonte Farmers’ Market!  **NEW** We are introducing a 40 lb. premium box!

 

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