How Much Does A Whole Hog Share Cost?

How Much Does A Whole Hog Share Cost

Purchasing pork in bulk can be a bit scary for your bank account and overwhelming for your brain. We completely understand and want to make sure you have all of the education and tools to make the best decision for your family and your bank account.

Grocery store, whole food markets and big box store prices are only increasing. Feed costs for livestock is increasing. It seems like everything is increasing in price except what is coming into your bank account. It is very frustrating if you ask me!

When making a decision to buy meat in bulk, there are a few things to consider.

  1. Storage - freezer space is very important when making a decision to buy in bulk. A good number reference is that 1 cubic foot of space can hold about 35 pounds of meat.
  2. Amount of food your family consumes - how many people in your family eat said meat? Purchasing in bulk also creates an opportunity to go in with a family member or friend!
  3. Price - just to be blunt, it is going to sound expensive to buy in bulk. The price is one lump sum and you might be wondering how in the world you can afford that. I want you to consider how much you spend in groceries a month. Then take into consideration the amount and price of the specific meat you are buying. It adds up quickly.

 

Now let's talk money:

We offer half and whole shares of pork (half a hog or a whole hog). Our hogs are fed ration in order to meet their nutritional requirements, but they are also rotationally grazed and pasture raised and that cuts food costs for us (meaning it costs less for you too!). Not to mention, the hogs are healthier than their feedlot counterparts. When the hogs are healthier, their meat is healthier for you!

Price is determined by hanging weight. We try to have our hogs dress out between 180-230 pounds. We will not know the actual hanging weight and price until the butcher contacts us - but this can give you an idea of what a share might cost.

Whole Shares

Whole shares are $5.75 per pound of hanging weight, $75.00 harvest fee, $0.75 per pound processing fee. Whole shares require a non refundable deposit of $150.00 to reserve the share and that goes towards the total cost of your meat.

For 180lbs of hanging weight
   $75.00 harvest fee
+ $1,035.00 ($5.75 X 180)
+ $135 processing ($0.75 X 180)
= $1,245.00 plus curing price* and if you choose sausage links or patties**.

For 230lbs of hanging weight
   $75.00 harvest fee
+ $1,322.50 ($5.75 X 230)
+ $172.50 processing ($0.75 X 230)
= $1,570.00 plus curing price* and if you choose sausage links or patties**.

*If anything is cured (like bacon, hams, etc.), our butcher charges $2.00 per pound of cured meat.

**If you choose to have sausage links or patties, our butcher charges $1.00 per pound of sausage. Our butcher can do loose (bulk) sausage for no additional cost.

 

Half Shares

Whole shares are $6.00 per pound of hanging weight, $37.50 harvest fee, $0.75 per pound processing fee. Half shares require a non refundable deposit of $75.00 to reserve the share and that goes towards the total cost of your meat.

For 90lbs of hanging weight
   $37.50 harvest fee
+ $540.00 ($6.00 X 90)
+ $67.50 processing ($0.75 X 90)
= $645.00 plus curing price* and if you choose sausage links or patties**.

For 115bs of hanging weight
   $37.50 harvest fee
+ $690.00 ($6.00 X 115)
+ $86.25 processing ($0.75 X 115)
= $813.75 plus curing price* and if you choose sausage links or patties**.

*If anything is cured (like bacon, hams, etc.), our butcher charges $2.00 per pound of cured meat.

**If you choose to have sausage links or patties, our butcher charges $1.00 per pound of sausage. Our butcher can do loose (bulk) sausage for no additional cost.

 

You have the option to complete your own cut sheet or choose from one our packages (you will get the same amount of meat either way, but cut sheets can be very overwhelming so we have worked with our butcher to take the guesswork out of the cut sheet for our customers). Check out our pork packages here.

For more information or to reserve your pork share, click here.

 

Market Reports

Below is the most recent market price report for pasture raised pork from the USDA. Currently the median market price per pound is sitting at $6.46 for a whole hog and $7.19 for half a hog.

Pasture Raised Pork Market Report for December 2021

You can find all of the market reports here.

 

Please reach out with any questions you may have by emailing us at edwardsfamilyfarmsnc@gmail.com

Last edit 1/14/22