Sunday, March 24, 2013

Order Pork!

R’Eisen Shine Farm
2016 Pork Order Form

We believe that our livestock program grows some of the best tasting meat out there. Our pigs live in the fresh air and sunshine. We even plant ‘pig gardens’, vegetable patches specifically for our pigs. We provide locally produced high quality feed. We put the respect and care of all our livestock first, and we know you can taste the difference.You can email or call us with any questions regarding our practices at any point.

We sell our pigs in ½ pig increments. So you have to commit to an entire ½ pig to order from us. This is actually to your benefit, you get a good amount of pork at your disposal without several trips to the grocery store. You can ensure dinners on the fly, and get a chance to eat high quality pork all year. Plus, you get all the great cuts at a really competitive price and support a small farm who is growing a pig specifically for you!

But what does that ½ pig mean?

  • A 250lb pastured pig goes to the butcher.
  • After slaughter and cleaning, the full animal yields a hanging weight of about 180 lbs - YOUR price for a half pig is then based on half of that “hanging weight”. This includes full animal after cleaning. We are unique in that our hanging weight does not include the skin, head, or feet on, which is how most farms price their “per pound” for meat.
  • If you were only going to consume commercial cuts from the pig you can assume that there will be about 120 lbs available (that’s about 60# for 1/2 a pig).  Those standard commercial cuts are things you see in the typical grocery store like pork chops, sirloin, tenderloin, ham, shoulder, belly, bacon, ground, etc.
  • The difference in hanging weight and commercial cuts is where you can be more sustainable and adventurous.  If you cook like the farmer you can get a yield more like 90% of the hanging weight by also using the oddments (liver, heart, jowels, etc) - or make your dogs very happy!  The more of the pig you use - the less the cost is per pound of meat…  and since you are paying on the hanging weight you should make the most of it!

What’s included in a 1/2 a pig?

This is a rough estimate… each pig is a little different but this is a “typical” 1/2 pig:
Pounds - Item
13# - Pork chops 1″ – total of 23 pork chops, 7 packs of 2 + 3 packs of 3
3# - Spare Ribs – Ask for my recipe if you need one
9# - Hamburger/Sausage ground meat in 1 lb packages
15# - Fresh Ham – easily brined or sent for smoking
6# - Fresh Bacon Slab – brine & slice or send for smoking
10# - Shoulder Roast
4# - Butt Pork Roast
2# - Fat – you can render this to use in the kitchen

What does this look like? Here are two photos from a 1/2 pig for our home. The first is the typical commercial cuts, the second is our delicious 'adventurous bits'. It was really hard to get it all in one picture, but for reference, it would all fit fairly well in a decent size cooler. Remember, this will look different based on what types of cuts you choose. And we will help you fill our your cut sheet based on your own needs. 


This is too much meat for me, what do I do?
If you want less meat, find a friend or family member to split 1/2 a pig with.  That means a 1/4 of a pig is about half this- and may not contain a ham, but a roast. Where there are large single cuts - you can only have 1 to split on a side which is 2, 1/4 pigs. i.e. the Ham is the rear leg - there’s only 1 rear leg on 1/2 a pig.  But, since you are getting to work with the farmer on the cut sheet - you and your friend can find a way to split that 1/2 pig however you want!

How long will 1/2 a pig last?

Generally - two adults that eat pork with any frequency will easily consume 1/2 a pig over the course of a year

How much freezer space do I need for 1/2 a pig?

1/2 pig - will “typically” fit inside a 14”x22”x11” (inside dimensions) cooler (with some ice) - and the ham and bacon will be left out of the cooler (so they require more space). If there was no ice in the cooler - you might be able to mush it all in there… maybe… In your home, a small chest freezer is MORE than large enough to accommodate 1/2 a pig.  All cuts together are about two to four cubic-feet depending on packing in the boxes.

What’s the cost of 1/2 a pig?

The price for a half pig is $5/lb based on final hanging weight at the butcher after slaughter. A typical 1/2 pig hangs at 80-90 lbs so the pig cost is typically $400 - $450 or for the meat.
There is also a fixed cost added on to the weight of the meat. These are set by the butcher, not us. There is a USDA humane slaughter fee of $40 and the butchering (cutting & freezer safe vacuum packaging) is $70-$90. There is also a charge to smoke the hams, bacon and hocks.  Should you choose smoked products, there is approximately an additional $30 fee for that, depending on the final weight of the items to be smoked.

Final round up of what your cost estimate is: 5.00 X 90lbs =$450
450 + processing fees of $130 = 580
If you want smoked products (ham, bacon etc) add $30 for a final price estimate of $610
That means you are getting ALL of the great cuts for only $6.77/lb. With bacon running at nearly $14/lb retail for the same quality, it's a steal!

Again, final pricing will vary based on the actual hanging weight of the pig and your cut options.

Delivery: We give an ‘estimated’ delivery date, since we wait until all of pigs are the correct size before we butcher, and the weather and other factors affect growth rates. You will be notified 2 weeks in advance with a final delivery date.We are unable to deliver ½ pigs to Albany. We will handle the transport of your pork back to our farm. In order to preserve quality and freshness, you must arrange to pick up your pork on farm on the specified day. We will be able to deliver smoked products to Albany.

Estimated delivery date for this order: Late December 2016

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