Pastured Pork Guide
Thank you for your interest in purchasing pasture raised, ethically treated pork from Twist & Sprout Farms. Brielle and I take pride in providing our livestock with a great quality of life here at the farm – one filled with positive human interaction, excellent nutrition and spacious living conditions. We appreciate your support and hope you will come visit your pig should we raise a hog for your family.
Best wishes, Cameron & Brielle Pauli
About Our Pigs
We have chosen to raise Red Wattle hogs, a heritage breed listed as threated by The Livestock Conservancy. The Red Wattle gets its name from its red color and the fleshy skin that hangs under its jowls. They are active foragers with a gentle nature, making them an ideal choice for our small-scale, pasture-based production model. Red Wattles are prized for their tender meat and splendid hams. Pork from this breed is lean and juicy with a rich beef-like taste and texture.
What it Costs
Next Expected Processing Date: September/October 2016
We sell our hogs whole or by the half. The price is just for the hog and does not cover processing fees. Price is determined by hanging weight, which is the weight of the carcass after the skin, head, hooves and non-usable organs are removed. This figure is usually 60% of the body weight. The hanging weight of our hogs will be around 150 lbs.
Fees paid to Twist & Sprout Farms
Fees paid to Butcher
You can expect to pay an additional $140/whole hog or $70/half hog to the butcher for processing and curing, depending on your choice of cuts and seasoning. These estimates are based off our preferred processor, Northern Trails Meats, in Watertown.
Total estimated cost for whole hog is $855 and $450 for a half hog. Whole hog customers should receive about 120 – 130 lbs of meat, while half hog customers can expect to receive 65 – 75 lbs of meat.
For a half hog order you can roughly estimate you will receive the following:
- 10-12 lbs of pork chops
- 3 lbs of spareribs
- 8-10 lbs ground pork and/or sausage
- 8-10 lbs bacon
- 15 lb fresh ham
- 10 lbs picnic shoulder roast
- 4-6 lb boston shoulder roast
- 5 lbs ham hocks or stew bones (great for soup, stew, or dogs)
- 1-2 lb jowl
- 1.5 lbs feet
Pork Cut Possibilities
This is a general guideline of how you can have your hog packaged...
- Bone-In Pork Chops (you lose baby back ribs if you get bone-in)
- Boneless Loin Roast and/or Bone-In Pork Chops
- Boneless Pork Chops (you can get baby back ribs if you get boneless)
- Country Style Ribs (comes from the sirloin)
Sirloin roast or cut into kabob/stew meat
- Left Whole or cut into Medallions
- Bone-In Roasts & Steaks
- Boneless Roasts
- Country Style Spare Ribs
Used for sausage and/or ground pork
- Bacon (fresh or smoked)
- Spareribs and Bacon
- Riblets (trim from spareribs if cut St.Louis Style)
- Fresh Ham (left whole, or divided into roasts and/or steaks)
- Cured Ham (left whole or divided in roasts)
- Used for sausage
Hocks and Jowls:
- Fresh or cured
How to Order
Please fill out the form below to contact us and check for availability. Thanks!
Working with a Butcher
Our preferred butcher is Detjens Northern Trails Meat & Country Market, located in Watertown, WI. Butcher fees and estimated yields provided on this page are based on working with Detjens. Should you choose to work with them, we can better help you select cuts and options.
You may use another butcher, but they must be willing to work around our schedule and adhere to our animal welfare practices. Estimated processing prices will also vary.