Time to sign up for pig shares!
We are currently raising pigs to be sold as whole and half shares. Our pigs live with ample space on pasture and dirt—not concrete. Their diet consists of pasture, garden scraps, hay, forest litter, vegetable and food scraps, dairy products, and more as available. We supplement the diet with only enough corn or soy-based grain rations to ensure survival (not to fatten).
We focus on heritage breed hogs—a way of preserving some of the amazing genetic diversity within the species, and a counter to the industrial agriculture system. Our piglets are bred, born, and raised at Oak Hill Farm. Their father, Boris, is a Large Black Hog—a breed listed as critically rare by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC). Our two brood sows are Hera (a Hereford—on ALBC's watch list) and Angelina Jowlie (a Yorkshire).
While on the farm, they do what pigs do best: turn the earth, wallow in mud, eat the grass, and enjoy life in the fresh air. These pigs are part of our Farm Ecosystem: they recycle nutrients, help clear brush, and add to the fertility of our garden.
A half share of pork will yield approximately 75 to 100 pounds of freezer meat. A full share is double that weight.
A half share will provide your family a variety of cuts. At time of slaughter each hog will weigh between 225-300 lbs. This might yield a whole hanging weight of 150-200 lbs.
A typical half share might include (approximate weights—based on individual pig at time of slaughter):
|Pork cut||Weight (lbs)|
|Pork chops, bone in||11|
|Sausage* and/or ground pork||10|
|Fresh ham and/or country ham*||15|
|Fresh bacon and/or cured bacon*||8|
|Optional meat: Fat or lard*, liver, feet, ears, etc.||8 or more lbs.|
*Smoking, curing, making sausage and lard, and other post-processing will cost extra depending on your order and will take additional time after you receive your first batch of frozen, non-cured meat.
The total price of each share is based on hanging weight (either whole or half cleaned weight) plus any additional post-processing (smoking, curing, sausage making, etc.) Since hanging weight includes fat, feet, etc. you will get the most meat for your dollar if you take all the parts you can get.
$4.50 a pound hanging weight (picked up at Oak Hill Farm)
$5.00 a pound hanging weight (delivered, within 50 miles by road of Oak Hill Farm)
Payment is in three installments:
Half Share Payment Plan
$150.00 – deposit at time of purchase
$100.00 – 30 days before slaughter
Remaining total derived by weight + any post-processing - At delivery/pickup
$245 – deposit at time of purchase
$245 – 30 days before slaughter
Remaining total derived by weight + any post-processing – At delivery/pickup
We will contact you a few weeks before we go to slaughter to customize your share and to request the second deposit—at this time you can select various cuts and curing/smoking options. Since the total payment is based on hanging weight plus post-processing, the final balance will be calculated after slaughter.
Smoking, curing, making sausage and lard, and other post-processing will cost extra depending on your order and will take additional time after you receive your first batch of frozen, non-cured meat. Depending on your preferences, post-processing may cost anywhere from $10-40. Grinding and curing are labor-intensive processes, but the results are more delectable, flavorful, and fresher than store-bought, packaged alternatives.
Hog shares are sold based on availability on a first-come, first-served basis. We take payments by check (to Oak Hill Farm with half or whole pig share in the memo) or PayPal.
How Do I Sign Up?
Current pig shares are available starting in August, 2012; we anticipate pigs reaching mature weight by January or February 2013. To sign up, email us at oakhill1832 at gmail.com. We still have shares! When all shares are full, we will change the text on this page.
Pastured Pig Share Agreement Policies
By participating in the Oak Hill Farm Pig Share Program you agree to the
A deposit of at least $150 is due at the time of initial purchase. This deposit helps to cover food, fence, necessary veterinary care, and other pig expenses. Deposits are non-refundable.
Off-Farm Processing Policy
I understand slaughter and butchering will be conducted in a facility of Oak Hill Farm's choice. I understand that Oak Hill Farm does not guarantee final weights (live or hanging) for any pig. I agree that Oak Hill Farm is not responsible for the health or safety of the meat provided by any licensed or inspected facility, that state licensing and inspection does not guarantee food safety or security and the best way to ensure both is full, personal knowledge about my food.
Pigs raised by Oak Hill Farm are heritage breed or heritage/cross and are not confined in factory style buildings. Rather, they are on open pasture and woodland and may encounter predators and other threats beyond the control of the grower. Should my pig suffer injury or death due to circumstances beyond the control of Oak Hill Farm, I will be offered a replacement as available (either from the current litters or the following) and release Oak Hill Farm from further liability and responsibility.