Primal Hog Share - Whole, Half, & Quarter (Deposit Only)
NOTE - Deposit Only: Balance due prior to order delivery.
What is the Hog Share Program?
The Primal Pork Hog Share program is our way of providing the absolute highest quality pork in California to our neighbors at an affordable price through whole and half hog shares. We will do all of the legwork - raising the animal, transportation, slaughter coordination, communication with the butcher, and offer delivery so that YOU can focus on your life and not feel overwhelmed with this complicated process.
Tell me about the pigs.
Primal Pork is a farm-to-table operation, with a focus on pasture raised, free range pigs. All of our pigs are raised to produce great marbling and nice fat caps.
The feed program is modeled after the famous Iberico Pigs from Spain. The climate at Primal Pork is very similar to that associated with Iberico Pork, and our pigs are allowed to roam in pasture and oak groves to feed naturally on grass, herbs, acorns, and roots. They supplement this natural diet with organic fruits and vegetables, as well as a Certified Organic, soy/GMO free feed from Modesto Millings. The pigs may receive Certified Organic GMO Free Feed containing organic soy between the ages of 21 and 40 days, due to protein requirements. We take pride in the slow-growth approach to raising our pigs, and the end product is of the highest quality.
Heritage breed pigs come from bloodlines going back hundreds of years when livestock was raised on multi-use, open-pasture farms. Because of their lifestyle and inherent genes, different breeds became known for the rich and hearty taste of their meat, distinct marbling, and creamy fat. Today, these breeds still carry excellent qualities, but are not generally well-suited for commercial farming practices. As a result, they are in danger of being lost forever. As fewer heritage breed pigs are grown,their gene pool decreases, and some breeds are now becoming critically rare.
How much does it cost?
Every animal is different, but here's a quick breakdown based on averages:
210lb live animal = 151lb "packaged weight"
Most farms use hanging weights to price bulk meats - I don't know why. If you see somebody offering $2 or $5 per pound bulk meat, the first question you should ask is - "Is that live weight, hanging weight, or packaged weight?". See, I told you this can get complicated! Ok, on to the prices:
Whole share: $11.00/lb packaged (average 160lbs)
Half share: $12.00/lb packaged (average 80lbs)
Now here's the cool thing - if you were to buy all of the cuts separately you are looking at an average of well over $15/lb! That results in a $750 savings for you on a whole hog, sweet deal!
And what exactly am I getting?
The cost savings isn't the only great thing about buying bulk pork, it's also the ability to control your cuts. If you are purchasing a half pig then we have a standard cut sheet that we use for all half hogs. If you are buying a whole hog then you will be able to customize the cuts you would like. The standard cut sheet will get all of your favorite cuts, organ meats, bones, and ground pork. There is also the option of adding sausages for an additional cost of $3 per pound. Maybe you have other special requests for the butcher - that's not a problem.
But will it fit in my freezer?
That's the most common question I get. As a general rule of thumb you should plan for 35lbs meat per cubic foot of freezer space. A standard kitchen fridge/freezer combo is around 7 cubic feet of freezer space - meaning that if it were totally empty (yeah right) then you could fit 245lbs of meat in there (more than a whole share). If you're like most people and don't have much space in the freezer, what you want to do is invest in a deep freezer. They are cheap and unlock this world of potential for you to have years of savings through bulk meat purchasing. You can even find them super cheap on craigslist all the time. Like I said, even if you're just buying a quarter share - the deep freezer pays for it on the first purchase! For a whole hog, I would recommend just getting the 7 cubic foot model.
So how do I get it?
We want to make this convenient. So what good would all of this be if we can't deliver to you? Lucky for you, all orders qualify for free home delivery! We deliver anywhere in California and most areas of Arizona and Nevada. To check if you are in our delivery area please click here.
This is a limited quantity program, with first deposits receiving priority in the queue. We should be able to get hogs to slaughter every couple months. If you have any specific questions or would like more detail on something just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to reserve your spot in line, a deposit will be required.
Whole Hog Deposit: $750
Half Hog Deposit: $400
Balance is due prior to order delivery.
Questions? Give us a call! 951-297-9933. Phone support available between the hours of 7am-9pm PST.