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Brandywine Farm - The Thinking Farmer

Off to go castrate some pigs. A chore I really do not like to do but is necessary. Poor little dudes. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 left. 300LB Hogs available. Processing date is Oct 1st. $300 out the door includes USDA processing fee. Vacuum bagged. Approx 200lb of meat per hog. ALSO... half is available for $150. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 Baby piglets born!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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PORK will be available end of January and again in April!
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Not all of the pig is edible pork. On average, about 54% of a hog make it from the pen to the pan. A 250 pound hog will yield approximately 134 pounds of retail cuts. Around 32% of a hog's live weight is enedible product removed during the slaughter and dressing procedure, bringing our 250 pound live hog to 170 pounds dressed. The internal organs, hair, blood, and other inedible products account for most of this loss.
Once the carcass is sanitarily dressed, it is hung on a rail and placed into a cooler where it is quickly chilled. After the carcass is thoroughly chilled, it can be cut into retail cuts where another 21% of the weight is removed, brining our 170 pound carcass to 134 pounds of retail cuts. Bone dust, fat trimming, boning, grinding, and moisture loss account for this unpreventable waste. Hams and bacons are typically cured and smoked after cutting.
250 lb. Hog (on the hoof) --> 170 lbs. Dressed (on the rail) --> 113-134 lbs. Retail Cuts (cut & wrapped to bring home)
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PORK customers!!!
We have processing dates in December! Hallelujah! I will be posting the meat cut preference check sheet or I can send it to you. This processor is a bit different than the past one. He skins so there won't be a rind on the bacon or hams. Heads will not be available. Sausage, cured bacon and cured ham WILL BE AVAILABLE this time for an upcharge so you won't have to do it yourself! More info coming soon!
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We have an 16 acre OFF-GRID homestead with spring water, solar panels, solar hot water (with propane hw heater backup), wood stove, 1 bedroom cabin with large pantry, barn, creek, perimeter fenced with more cross-fencing. Great soil for garden.
We would like the lease it to someone who is interested in living off-grid but isn't sure...and wants to learn. If you love it, you will have the opportunity to purchase. It is located in rural Overton County next to Standing Stone State park (good deer and squirrel hunting!)
We will lease it for $500/mo with the understanding that you will care for the solar setup and home as if it were your own, making repairs etc as needed. We are always here to help.
We have moved to a larger farm in Jackson County and are building a home there.
Here are some pics of the journey to off-grid at our farm website. Message us for more info. 🙂
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1 years ago

Sent PM re pork. ... See MoreSee Less

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We will have turkeys for Thanksgiving. Limited supply! ... See MoreSee Less

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