We raise Berkshires exclusively for our Angus side share clients.
Berkshire Pork is often described as the Kobe Beef of pork.
Our pigs are raised and live outside. They root around all day, play in the mud and have a clean shelter filled with straw that is replaced as needed.The pigs have all natural grains available to them 24 x 7. Pigs are the cleanest and smartest animals on the farm. No doubt.
Yes. As a general guide, 50 pounds of meat will fit in about 2.25 cu.ft. of cooler/freezer space. Meat from a side of our Angus beef will weigh roughly 190 – 240 pounds and meat from our whole Berkshire pork a will weigh roughly 120 – 150 pounds. The empty freezer compartment of a new, average-size, home refrigerator is about 4.8 cu.ft. Therefore, you will need a stand-alone freezer to allow for more storage space to keep the meat colder for long-term storage. Stand-alone freezers can maintain temperatures of -10°F or colder. We recommend an upright energy saver with a key lock to ensure the door is not left open and a seal always exist. We also recommend buying bigger than what you estimate. From our experience, we have found that once people try high quality local foods, they start buying all types of local foods.
No… None. Our animals are born and raised without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones or any drugs whatsoever. They are strong, well fed and healthy. If we were to have a sick or injured animal, though, we would do whatever is necessary to save the animal including the use of antibiotics and medications. This would be noted prior to the sale of the meat.
Our Berkshires are purebred Berks, happy, healthy and well fed . We only raise Berkshires for our Angus side share clients. We provide this service as a value added product to our clients, many who have been with us since the beginning. As a guide, we try to process our hogs when we expect a hanging weight of around 200 lbs. From our Berkshires, we expect a 70% yield from the carcass so you could expect around 140 lbs. of meat from a whole pork cut into bone-in chops and roasts, closely trimmed, regular ground pork/sausage. All processing is under USDA inspection at Vermont Packing House.
Our 2018 price is $7.10 lb hanging weight for Berkshire pork. We try to process the pork when they are around 200lbs hanging weight. So for a whole, the price would be $1420 plus smoking. Any meat (bacon for example) that is requested to be smoked, a smoking charge per lbs is added. All meat is vacuumed sealed individually labeled pieces cut to your specifications. All USDA at Vermont Packing House.
First, be a confirmed Angus side share customer. Then contact us to get on the order list and provide a $250 deposit. From there, we will confirm your order, review your personalized cut lists with you and then keep you informed until your delivery date. Berkshire pork is by pre-order, whole hog and only available to our Angus side share clients.
The pork is processed in September and is ready for customer pick up in October or November. Smoked pork takes time to cure. Delivery is also available for a nominal fee.