Pork

We have been raising pastured pork for 9 years.

Our hogs are purchased at 50 pounds from a local farmer. As pigs are naturally social animals, upon arrival on our farm, they are kept together in small groups and are raised on pasture where they can root, wallow, eat and sleep together. Their pasture diet is supplemented with grains grown and ground primarily on our farm. Shelter is provided at night and during inclement weather. Every endeavour is undertaken that the hogs stay healthy naturally, but in the event they become ill and the use of antibiotics is deemed the only appropriate course of action, the animal will be treated and marketed as such. All pork is processed in a small family owned government inspected facility.

Pork may be purchased in individual cuts, or by the whole or half. You may purchase individual cuts of pork daily at the farm or on Saturdays 9:00 am -1:00 pm at the Camrose and District Farmers’ Market located in the Duggan Mall. Purchasing Pork by the Whole or Half

Our pork is $3.50 per pound hanging weight plus processing. Hanging weight means the customer pays for the chilled, hanging carcass weight of the slaughtered hog with the head, hide and internal organs removed. The hanging carcass weight is usually about 80 per cent of the weight of a live hog. It is important to note that the hanging carcass weight is not the same as the boxed freezer weight of the cut hog. When the carcass is cut into legs and chops, additional bone and fat are discarded. The weight of the cut hog depends on what cuts are requested, and the size of the hog.

For Example:

We usually ship our hogs at 200 pounds, thus this hog will have a hanging carcass weight of approximately 160 pounds. Therefore, depending on how it is processed the customer will have approximately 120 pounds of actual meat in their freezer. So again using the same animal, the cost to the customer is as follows: 160lbs @ $3.50 per lb. = $560.00 plus processing. Last year, customer processing fees ranged from $100.00 to $200.00

When your animal has been delivered to Forestburg Quality Meats; I will contact you and you will then give Forestburg Meats a call (780-582-6328) and give Lynn your cutting instructions. Lynn is very friendly and knowledgeable and will answer any questions you have at this time. If you are interested in ordering or require further information, please do not hesitate in contacting Debbie at 780-855-3763 or via email debbie@schielkefarm.ca Also, we have an open door policy at our farm so if you would like to come and see us or our animals, please contact us, as we would be happy to show you around.

Resources


Links

The following link is a great resource with lots of information regarding cuts, cooking techniques, and tasty recipes. Check it out by clicking below.

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