Pasture-Based & Freely Forraging
"It was my pleasure cutting your hogs. Great fat cover, thick muscle. Very quality meat!"
- Matthew O. at The Meating Place Butchery Hillsboro, OR
About our Pork
* Local! Just 20 minutes west of downtown Portland, Oregon.
* Raised on fresh, green, herbicide-free/pesticide-free pasture with trees and lots of area to roam/forrage/wallow.
* Rotated onto a fresh section of pasture every couple days - not your typical "pasture-raised" pork; better!
* Antibiotic free.
* Hormone free. (Federal standards do not allow the use of hormones in poultry or pork.)
* No animal by-products, fats or coloring.
* Locally grown & milled feed ration.
* Plenty of shelter for resting.
* Humanely raised & handled.
* Field slaughtered then butchered less than 1 mile away from Marion Acres.
* Natural sun, exercise, and clean air makes for a healthier and happier pig.
* Local & family owned farm business.
How much total will I spend on a 1/2 hog?
You can expect to spend about $460 TOTAL per 1/2 hog which will give you about 60lbs of pork.
How much do I end up spending in the end per pound on my packaged pork?
$7.35/lb - Let's start at the beginning. We try to butcher our hogs at 300 lbs (live weight). Once they are butchered and cleaned up, they lose about 40% of that weight (head, organs, etc). That leaves about 180 lbs for the whole hog (hanging weight). This is the weight that we charge you on; $4.50/lb on hanging weight, so for your 180 lb whole hog, it would be $810 to us and $117 to the butcher for cut and wrap fees, totaling $927. When you take that number and divide it by the 180lbs, it looks like you are paying $5.15/lb. This is the price most farms will give you. What other farms may not tell you is that between the hanging weight and the finished hog, there is the process of cutting the meat into portions. During this process, the hog will lose about 30% of the weight in bone, fat & cartilage, which changes the total weight of the hog down to about 126 lbs. If you use that number, you get $7.35/lb for your packaged pork in the freezer! This will give you an accurate, tangible cost to compare with grass-fed pork cuts in your local market deli (which are very hard to come by).