My cousin raises pigs, and every year I buy one. This year I bought two. He tried a new breed, hampshire/ yorkshire mix. It is the best flavored we've had yet.
He normally processes them in November, but due to several things, they didn't get processed till January. They weighed in at 180 &195 lbs. This year I went with him to process the meat, choose my cuts. Here they are hanging waiting to be cut up.
And my my nephew who does most of the work taking care of them, agricultural major at the Vo-Ag school .
When we got it home we had to try it right away. The first was the pork chops, nice 1-1/4" thick. Tasty!
Next we cased the sausage ourselves, only thing he doesn't do . We have 22lbs of sweet italian and 18 lbs of breakfast.
Wednesday we received the smoked hams and bacon, all 130lbs. Here are the first ham steaks , and they were delicious.
Last and my favorite the BACON ! There is 29 -1lb packages, that won't last long. They are thick cut , about 1/8" and we just had the first batch. As you can see in the second picture, the little fat rendered off from cooking the whole pound. Barely covered the pan, as compared to the stuff you get in the store.
The total cost including all the smoking and all his other expenses , was $1200 for both pigs , all 375lbs of hanging weight. Factor in the bones, skin and things you don't eat, and I'm guessing 300lbs. That's $4 a lb for fresh healthy delicious pork. This year I might make it all the way till next years harvest without running out. Once you have eaten this quality of meat, it's really hard to eat what comes off the store shelves.
Edited by TomLGT195, January 30, 2016 - 08:37 AM.