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Half a pig, how much should I charge?

I'm selling half a pig to someone butchered. The pig is a wild boar cross Large Black and the half should weigh around the 30 kilo mark.

I'm taking 3 pigs in on the day, how much a pound should I charge. I bought it as a weaner and its been fattened up on pellets, milled wheat, rolled peas and beer slops. I'll have to take it a fair way to be slaughtered and pay for that plus its butchery. I'll also have to repeat the journey to pick the meat up.
I haven't a clue what the going rate per pound is for fresh traditional pork. Help.
debbie

we charge £4.80 per kg of the carcass weight at the moment.  As the abattoir to back up each half pig seperately and keep them seperate otherwise it can be bit of a bugger to sort as you can't really do it on weight as you are charging for the carcass weight of the pig.
desperatedan

our freeezer  pigs go out at £1.60 lb the slaughter house is  five minutes away ,they kill them for £12 and i cut them up myself so i dont have much travelling or butchery charges
debbie

so, £3.50 a kg or there abouts.  so we are £1.30a kg or 59p lb more expensive than you  Just as a comparison, are they freerange, rarebreed?  Our abattoir is 15 miles away but the kill price is £25.  Our price has been the same for the last 4 years but we struggle at it to be honest as the price of feed is so much more than it was.  We could feed cheaper but the quality isn't the same I think
desperatedan

debbie wrote:
so, £3.50 a kg or there abouts.  so we are £1.30a kg or 59p lb more expensive than you  Just as a comparison, are they freerange, rarebreed?  Our abattoir is 15 miles away but the kill price is £25.  Our price has been the same for the last 4 years but we struggle at it to be honest as the price of feed is so much more than it was.  We could feed cheaper but the quality isn't the same I think


we do both free range and indoor reared,
mostly middle whites and some saddle backs outside in the  spring and  summer  they come in for the winter.the hybrids are inside all year round
we do both inside and outside reared for freezers
we feed corn from a  cornmill about eight miles away, we get some bread waste from a bakery but its not regular,i would like to charge a little more for our pork  but there are lots of people doing freezer pigs around here.
debbie

Ours are pure bred and outside freeranging all year round.  shame you can't charge a premium for your traditional rare breeds - the middle white in particular should comand a premium.  its sort after and very hard to come by. Do you only sell locally?  I think if you advertise half and whole outdoor reared middle whites on line you will be inundated with orders!
desperatedan

debbie wrote:
Ours are pure bred and outside freeranging all year round.  shame you can't charge a premium for your traditional rare breeds - the middle white in particular should comand a premium.  its sort after and very hard to come by. Do you only sell locally?  I think if you advertise half and whole outdoor reared middle whites on line you will be inundated with orders!


all my middle whites are pure bred out of pedigree stock ,but i have never registered any  of them ,main  reason  i hate paper work,  we are from 1000ft to 1300 ft above sea level  very wet clay ground so keeping pigs out in the winter  is not a good idea.iwill try and take some picture of the middle whites tommorow,i have never thought about selling pork on line,how do you deliver it, and were would you advertise it,would i need a web site
debbie

we are 800 - 1000ft up on the top of exmoor and as wet as you can get - not to mention the cold - whoever said the south west had a mild climate has never been up here with two and half feet of snow in february!

If its a traditional breed then thats fine - they can take the cold

yes, a website is a good idea but you can do them yourself for free.  Overnight courier is the way to go.  you have to buy the polly boxes and ice packs though
desperatedan

debbie wrote:
we are 800 - 1000ft up on the top of exmoor and as wet as you can get - not to mention the cold - whoever said the south west had a mild climate has never been up here with two and half feet of snow in february!

If its pure bred then thats fine.

yes, a website is a good idea but you can do them yourself for free.  Overnight courier is the way to go.  you have to buy the polly boxes and ice packs though


desperatedan




some pictures of some middle white pigglets born three days ago
chickenstu

they say animals look like their owners..............

They look very well mate
debbie

they look fantastic DD.

have amended my post to reed about traditional breed not pure breed taking the cold - serves me right for not rading my posts back before pressing submit!!

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