Cost of Pork – Grow Your Own
The whole time we have had these little piggies (that then became big piggies) they have been the bane of my existence. A pain in my neck. A constant frustration. They escaped constantly, they squealed loudly, they became big and intimidating although not because they had done anything to make us intimidated, we just read scary stories. But now I am feeling pretty good about our pig raising experience.
This is Jefferson shortly after he arrived at our place. He was a wee little thing.
This is Jefferson yesterday as he considers climbing into our trap stock trailer to go meet his end. I’ll spare you the details proceeding this pictures but if you’d like some idea of how it all went down and why it took over 5 hours to catch the pig you can see the previous enactment here. So Jefferson went to that big pig pen in the sky and we are rejoicing that he won’t be in our backyard anymore.
Instead, he’ll taste fine in tacos.
And covered in gravy.
Now for the cost breakdown.
Cost to butcher: $.43/lb plus $20 kill fee.
Jefferson weighed 305 (!!!!) lbs!!
Total cost to butcher:
$151.15 $112.18 They actually charge on the hanging weight and not the live weight.
We also fed the animal for 8 months.
We fed 1 gallon/day of a grain mixture called 50/50 plus all of our kitchen scraps.
The bag of 50/50 is about 6 gallons and costs $6. Thank heavens for easy math!!
So each gallon costs $1 and we fed him for 240 days. Lord, it seemed much longer than that!!
Feed costs were approximately $240 over the course of 8 months.
$151.15 $112.18 = $352.18 total cost.
The hang weight is typically 70% of the live weight which would yield us 213.5lbs.
We will net
213.5 214lbs of meat (not counting the fat we requested as well) for $391.15 $352.18 which leaves us with a total per pound cost of $1.83 $1.65.
Pretty good even though he was a pain in the rear. We may do this again.