We raise Heritage hogs, mostly red wattle/tamworth crosses. Heritage hogs are those breeds that can be traced back to the period before industrial farming. That was the time when all hogs were kept out on the pasture in small farms. In order to survive they had to be able gain adequate nutrition from whatever food they could find. This included plants, bugs, worms, small rodents, fruit, etc. They also had to be able to live outside and endure the heat and cold of changing seasons. When modern industrial hog farms started to take over, the hogs that were raised in those confined facilities slowly lost the ability to forage for food and endure temperature extremes. The pork industry also moved towards ever leaner and longer carcasses and the old breeds gradually fell out of favor and some breeds disappeared altogether.
Heritage Swine breeds have a richer, heartier taste to their meat, distinct marbling and a creamy fat. They are, quite frankly, absolutely delicious and nothing like the commercial breeds you buy in the store.
We raise or hogs free from antibiotics and hormones. They are allowed to freely roam around the ranch and are supplemented with organic feed and scraps from our local store. They appear to be very happy hogs.
Due to the cost of organic feed and the extra time it takes to grow out a freely roaming heritage hog the meat is more expensive than industrial raised pork that you buy in the grocery store. Not only is our meat far more tasty, your conscious can be at ease as well because our hogs get to run around doing what swine were meant to do.
The price for whole or a half of a hog is $3.25 a pound on the hanging weight of the dressed hog. Hanging weight on a whole hog is around 200 pounds and you will get about 150 lbs. of packaged pork and some fat for rendering or to use in specialty sausage making (amount is dependent on your chosen cuts and individual size of the hog). A great online resource with a breakdown of cuts from a hog is here. You also pay the butcher for cut and wrap which is about 80 cents a pound.
Individual cuts are available for purchase. Contact us for prices and what is currently in the freezer. You can also find our wholesome and environmentally friendly meat in Chautauqua Natural foods in Garberville, and Miranda Market in Miranda.