Pig Butchering Results

Pork assortment

The results are in and so is the meat!  This week we picked up our pork from the processor.  We got a fairly good spread for the size of our pig, and all-in-all we are very pleased.

He was on the smaller side weighing in at 186 pounds on the hoof or live weight.  This was under the ideal market weight of between 225 to 300 pounds, but our kids were ready to be done with him and we didn’t want to burden our neighbors to take care of him while we were on vacation.  The processor did say that he was very muscular and lean, which is what we like and why we raised our own pig.

His hanging weight, or the weight of the carcass after slaughter with the blood drained, guts removed and head and feet cut off, came in at 125 pounds.  Not bad.  This is the weight for which the processor charged us.

The total weight of the packaged meat came in at 90 pounds.  We got a good assortment, and here is the final inventory:

  • 4 – 5 lb. hams
  • 6 – 1 lb. packages of bacon
  • 6 – 3 lb. packages of pork patties
  • 2 – 3 lb. packages of spare ribs
  • 2 – 4 lb. pork roasts
  • 6 packages of pork sausage
  • 4 packages of pork steaks
  • 7 ½ packages of pork chops
  • Miscellaneous bags of other parts such as neck bone and feet.

This is our favorite assortment, but other cuts are available as well. Sometimes we can also get the lard rendered if the processor provides that service.  This particular processor does not provide lard rendering service.

We are looking forward to some fresh bacon and ham for the Christmas holiday season!

Larry Braley

About Larry Braley

Blessed husband to a wonderful, virtuous woman and father of five, a daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Raised on a midsize farm in the midwest during my childhood and early teen years. Moved away for several years to live the corporate life. Glad to be back in the country raising my family, teaching life skills and developing our mini-farm.
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