How much does a Half and Whole hog cost?
We charge $5/pound based on the Hanging Weight (essentially the carcass weight) plus the cost of the USDA processing. Our heritage crossed hogs Hang around 200-215 pounds. Homestead Meats in Delta, a USDA facility, processes Colorado Pastured Pork. The cost to process a hog has increased 25% in the last two years. You can expect to pay around $675 for a Half and $1350 for a Whole. A $500 deposit reserves a Whole and $250 for a Half. The balance will be determined when we pick up your order from the Processor.
What comes with a Half and Whole hog purchase?
We have carefully crafted our Whole Hog and Half Hog custom packages and use a standardized Cut Sheet when processing your pork. Due to logistics, we do not accommodate further customized orders for deliveries, sorry. All pork is nitrite and nitrate free. The bacon, ham, hocks and jowl have the same ingredients (water, salt, brown sugar, beet powder).
A Whole Hog has about 155 pounds of pork (plus the bones, fat and head) and the Half Hog is just that, half of the whole. (Please note, every hog is unique; the weights below are an approximate for a Whole Hog and are offered to give you an idea of how a hog may break out.):
- Bacon (smoked and sliced, .75 pound packages) ~20 pounds
- Spare-Ribs (2.5 pound packages) ~5 pounds
- Shoulder Roasts (3 pound roasts) ~25 pounds
- Country Style Ribs (4 steaks per 3 pound package) ~15 pounds
- Chops (bone-in, 2 per package, 1” thick) ~25 pounds
- Ham Steaks/Roasts (same ingredients as bacon) ~32 pounds
- Ham Hocks (Smoked, same ingredients as ham) ~5 pounds
- Jowl (Smoked, same ingredients as Bacon) ~5 pounds
- Ground Pork (1 pound packages) ~25 pounds
- Bones (great for making broth) ~15 pounds
- Fat (renders to a beautiful and tasty lard) ~15 pounds
- Head (There is a lot of good meat!) ~7 pounds
- Organs ~3 pounds
How is the meat packaged?
Your meat will come frozen. The bacon, ham steaks, hocks and jowl are cryovac wrapped. The chops, roasts and ribs are wrapped in plastic and white-butcher paper. The ground pork is in one-pound packages. A whole hog processed into cuts will take up about 6 cubic feet of freezer space, approximately 1 cubic foot per 25 pounds of pork.
Why does the label of the bacon and ham say “Uncured?”
Because we do not use nitrites or nitrates in the curing process the USDA states the label must read Uncured. The ingredients in the smoked bacon, ham and jowl are water, brown sugar, salt and beet powder.
How does delivery/pickup work?
Local customers pick up their orders at the farm in Hotchkiss. We will be making a few deliveries to Denver this year, one in the summer and a couple more in the fall. We still only charge $25 to deliver to Denver. If you prefer to pick up at the farm, please just let us know.
Does Colorado Pastured Pork ship meat?
The business is growing and although we do not ship meat at this time, we are currently exploring this as an option for the near future.
Can individual cuts be purchased?
We often times have an array of cuts available at the farm. Please contact us to set up a time to come by and shop.