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Cow Portions: Available in July through September (approximately)
The way it would work with purchasing a whole or half cow, is that the animal is bought directly from us. We would deliver it to the processor and pick up the finished/frozen meat for you to pick up at Lowland Farm. You can determine how you want it butchered, following a "cut sheet" that we will provide.
Meat from a typical half beef (from a 1000 - 12000 lb live animal) consists of approximately:
The cost of buying a half/whole hog is $5.00 / $4.75 per pound of hanging weight (the carcass after slaughter and evisceration). If you are willing and/or able to butcher the hog yourself, deduct $1.25/LB.
So an estimate for a half hog could be $500 and a whole $950. That includes all processing, packaging and any smoked items (like ham and bacon).
The typical hog, weighing 250 pounds on the hoof, will produce a 184-pound carcass that will yield approximately 120 - 140 pounds of pork; 70 pounds of pork would be a good estimate for a half a hog.
Butchering can be done to different specifications, but a typical cutting of a half a hog would produce:
22 pounds of ham (this might include 12.8 pounds of cured ham, 1.2 pounds of fresh ham, 3.0 pounds of trimmings)
17 pounds of side, or belly (this could include 9.5 pounds of cured bacon and 2.9 pounds of spareribs)
16.9 pounds of loin (producing 1.6 pounds of backribs, 5.3 pounds of boneless loin, 3.8 pounds of country-style ribs, 2.8 pounds of sirloin roast, .8 pounds of tenderloin and .8 pounds of trimmings)
8.3 pounds of boneless picnic (lower shoulder) meat
7.3 of Boston butt (upper shoulder; perhaps 2 pounds of blade steaks and 3.9 pounds of blade roast)
19.6 pounds of miscellaneous parts including jowls, feet, tail, neckbones, etc.
If you are interested in a cow/hog portion, or a Roaster, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org