Red Wattle Heritage Breed Hog on Pasture at Blessing Falls Farm
October 4 update: Our fall pork is sold-out. Please contact us to be added to the waiting list or to be notified early about our 2017 pork.
Our heritage breed, pastured hogs are about a month away from being ready. These are the Red Wattle breed and have been raised with full time access to our pastures where they can graze, root, run, and just lay around – to be a true pig. They are kept in with electrical fencing which we move regularly to give them access to fresh grass. Pigs cannot live on grass alone so we supplement their food with conventional (non-organic) corn and hog feed.
As with our beef, our pigs are free of antibiotics, synthetic hormones and implants. These are not vaccinated and have had no drugs of any kind. They are handled gently, never hit or abused in any way. They were born a few miles away on a local farm that practices these same humane, natural, sustainable methods.
We expect these to weigh around 250 pounds. We’ll sell them by the half and in variety packs of 10-15 pounds each. A half should give you about 60 pounds of packaged pork in your freezer. You can have the half processed any way you like, including cured ham and bacon, pan and link sausage, along with pork chops, ribs, roasts, hocks, lard, etc. We offer halves at $4 per pound (plus processing costs paid to the butcher), based on hanging weight. A half hog’s estimated hanging weight should be around 75-85 pounds. When your half is ready, you’ll pick up directly from the butcher – at either their main shop in Westphalia (15 minutes east of Temple) or from their Hutto shop for an additional convenience fee. For more on processing costs and hanging weight vs. live or packaged weight, see details on our grass fed beef. The processing costs are similar to beef though we expect hogs to yield a higher percentage of packaged pork vs. hanging weight than beef does. You should get more usable pork from a pig, especially if you can use the feet, lard, jowls, head, and organs.
If a half is too much for you, we plan variety packs between 10 and 15 pounds each. Each pack will include a mix of approximately 2 pounds of pork chops, 3 pounds of roast, 2 pounds of cutlets, 1 pound of bacon (uncured), plus 3 to 5 pounds of breakfast (pan) sausage or ground pork. The retail value for this mix of pork averages $8.20/pound. As an introductory special, we’ll offer these at a 5% discount or $7.75/pound. Final cost will vary depending on actual weight, but that gives you an idea of what to expect. You can pick up at the farm or at our weekly Farm Share pick-up hosted by Svantes Restaurant in Round Rock.
We have a very limited amount of pork this year (it’s our first year, and if it goes well we hope to raise more hogs in 2017). You can reserve a half with a deposit of $80 or a variety pack with a deposit of $25. Just contact us and we’ll get back with you regarding the deposit details.