Updated: Mar 23, 2019
Ordering a whole or half pig can be a daunting task. How big is a pig, anyway? And how do you know what to put on a cut sheet. Surprises are not nice on a 120 pound meat order.
We get it.
For starters, you certainly don't have to go big or go home. You can start with our 10 Pound Pork Box, which will give you as assortment of cuts so you can see what you like best before committing to a half or whole.
We're also here to help you with your cut sheets. We have filled out literally hundreds of them and after a quick conversation about what you like to cook and eat, it will be no problem to get your cut sheet completed together.
You'll want to have a second freezer for a half or whole pig, but a 10 Pound Pork Box will fit into any regular home fridge/freezer combo. Yes, even if it is mostly full already.
Our target weight is between 180 and 220lbs hanging weight for whole pigs.
The cost is $6/lb hanging weight. This includes butcher fees.
Curing fees and sausage fees are additional. These costs are about $1.50/lb.
Expect the total for a whole pig to be approximately $1,100-$1,300 plus another $50-$100 if you plan to cure hams, bacon, and/or make sausages. Expect a half pig to be between $550-$650 plus another $50-$100 for curing.
You will get back about 120lbs of meat for a whole pig
You will get back about 60lbs of meat for a half pig.
We we recommend ordering a half if if is your first time ordering a whole/half animal.