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Purchasing a Whole or Half Pig

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February 18, 2024

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If you've purchased a beef share from us before and are thinking about adding pork, it's just as easy to get a whole or half pig - all you need is space in your freezer.

We've partnered with the folks at Pure Country Farms to provide all-natural, non-GMO certified pork. For many years we've purchased our young pigs from Pure Country because their focus on sustainability, animal welfare, and health matches our own philosophy and values for raising animals. Last year, we began purchasing our pig feed from them as they are the only local supplier of non-GMO grains. And this year, after seeing the quality of their USDA processing facility, we're working with them do to the butchering as well. 

What that means is that you have access to the same high-quality pork we've always provided, but the pigs get to spend their whole lives on the Pure Country farm rather than being transported back and forth between Pure Country and Colvin Ranch. 

About the pigs

The pigs are raised in open hoop and shed structures with natural bedding, and have complete access to the outdoors. The animals are Non-GMO Project Verified, and are raised on a diet of non-GMO grains, wheat, barley, triticale, peas, and flax, most of which are grown on the farm. 

Animals are never given antibiotics, hormones, or animal by-products. If an animal requires treatment, it is removed from the program and treated, and is not sold to our customers. 

Weights

A half pig is about 90 pounds hanging weight and a whole pig is about 185 pounds hanging weight (the weight of the carcass). 

You'll take home around 58 pounds of meat for a half, and 120 pounds of meat for a whole, depending on your specifications for bone-in cuts, boneless cuts, ground pork, and cured products.

Cut and wrap

After you place your deposit, you'll have the chance to talk to your butcher and specify how you'd like your pig cut and wrapped. The meat is vacuum-sealed and then flash-frozen. 

Ham and bacon are smoked and do not have any added nitrates.  

Scheduling

Place your deposit now and select your preferred pickup location and date at checkout.

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