Pig Payoff

Took a loooooooooong round trip to Liberty, KY to pick up our processed pork and deliver 1/2 to a friend.  We put some serious miles on the car, but it was worth it.

The live weight of our first hog was a bit less than I had hoped for, coming in at 223 lbs, but I’m still thrilled with how the meat turned out.

Check out 1/2 of the sausage:

Half of the sausage

Half of the sausage

And this is 1/2 of the other cuts (not including Bacon)

Roast, Ribs, Pork Chops...

Roast, Ribs, Pork Chops…

I didn’t take a photo of the bacon, however we got back 7 nice packages of generously sliced bacon.  We ate an entire pack this morning.  It did not stay around long enough to pose for a photo.  Yum!

We will process the 2nd hog in about another month… so… we should get this same amount of meat back  AGAIN.

Yippie!!!!!  It’s thrilling when the farm work really starts to pay off.

– Stan.


It is processing time!

From my Facebook post:  We are about to start processing our hogs and cows. First hog will be processed at the end of this month. We will keep that one. We will have another one to go in about another month. 1/2 is spoken for already. Cows will go for processing in a month or so. We will sell in 1/2 cow increments. We will do one at a time as they are ready. If you want the second half of the hog, or would like to be on the list for 1/2 a beef let me know ASAP. Even if you have told me a while back, please email me AGAIN… so I can put you on the list.

Update:  The second hog has also been scheduled for processing, as well as the first beef.  Let me know ASAP if you want 1/2 hog or cow.

Other happy notes:  Just double checked with our meat processor to confirm that he can cure and smoke meat.  Answer:  Yes.  Oh happy day!!!!!

Bacon and Sausage

Bacon and Sausage

I will have one Jersey and one Holstein to be processed fairly soon, then there will be a bit of a delay before the next three cows are ready.  I’m keeping 1/2 of each, so that means if you want meat very soon you need to get on it…

Beef to be

Beef to be

– Stan.

Pigs – Then and now

How time flies.  I made the appointment today to have the first of my pigs processed.  Here they are shortly after their arrival in the fall of last year.

The pigs last year


Boy have they grown.  According to my calculations the male now weighs 185 lbs.  He should weigh at about 250 by processing time.  Here is a photo of the male.  What a difference.

Now - The Boy

The female weighs slightly less than the male.  She is about an inch shorter length wise and around the middle.  We are going to see how it goes with the male and then schedule processing for the female.  We may end up selling most of the meat from the female.  Let me know if you are interested.

Now - The Girl

This has gone VERY well.  Once we get through the first one, to see the process all the way through, we will probably purchase two more pigs.  I’ll keep you posted.

– Stan