Butcher Basics…Pigs

Our butcher, at Cruse Meat Processing, in Concord, NC.

Our butcher, at Cruse Meat Processing, in Concord, NC.

We dropped off a couple of pigs and a bull at our butcher today, so the numbers are fresh in my head.  I think many would find it helpful for me to share the numbers…


Our butcher charges $50 per pig for killing & disposal.  To that is added a $0.50/lb. charge for the actual butchering, packing and freezing.  Our largest pig today weighed 600 lbs. (“live weight”) at drop off, and he will yield about 2/3 of his live weight in actual packaged meat for which we will pay.  So, we will bring home about 400 lbs. of pork chops, roasts and sausage from him for around $250 ($50 kill fee + (400 lbs. x $0.50/lb.)).

This pig was about 2 years old, so if we deduct the first two months of his life, when he was nursing, we fed him for about 22 months.  We feed our pigs an average of 4 lbs. of corn per day, plus whatever waste the kitchen and gardens provide.  So, for the corn, that’s about 120 lbs. of corn per month (4 lbs./day x 30 days), or 2.4 bushels of corn per month (120 lbs/50 lbs. per bushel).  We pay $7 per bushel for corn, so that makes a total of $16.80/mo. in feed.  If we multiply that by 22 months, the total feed cost comes to $370.

Therefore, we paid approximately $370 in feed costs, plus $250 for butchering on this pig–a total expense of $620 over two years.


We will bring home 400 lbs. of meat, so if we decide to use this meat ourselves, we will have our family’s pork–from pork chops and roasts to sausage–for $ 1.55/lb.

If we decide to sell the meat at the market, we will charge, on average, $4.00/lb., which means that we have $1,600 worth of pork.  That leaves a profit of $980 if sold.

If we sell 150 lbs. and eat the rest…we eat for free.

God bless,
William Michael
Beatitudes Farm

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2 Responses to Butcher Basics…Pigs

  1. χλόη says:

    Are pigs hard on their shelters and fencing? Would there be many reoccurring costs associated with the pigs’ shelters and fencing?

    • wmclaa says:

      Our pigs are outdoors at all times, in a 50 x 100 pen enclosed with 3′ woven wire fence with a strand of electric wire a few inches from the ground. We move sows and piglets into stalls when they look ready to give birth and keep them there for two months until weaning. Definitely not expensive in my opinion.

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