Our pigs are raised on pasture with no added hormones. Just like our cattle, most of the pigs in our care are never given antibiotics. However, if an animal becomes sick and our veterinarian recommends an antibiotic treatment, that is the humane thing to do. If antibiotics are given to an animal, there are strict withdrawal periods we follow to ensure the antibiotics clear the animal’s system before they go to market.
NEW: Apple Finished Pork!
Starting in 2023, we will be feeding pigs apple pulp from our neighbors at Jonomac Orchard! This makes great use of one of their waste products and adds more organic matter to our soil. Plus, the pigs love it!
Purchasing Bulk Pork
How bulk purchases work
We are currently taking orders for custom cut pigs that will be ready in November 2023.
On average, a half pig has a hanging weight of 110 lbs. Once we drop the animals off, you will work directly with the butcher at Eickman’s Processing to customize how your pork is cut. When your meat is ready, you will pick up your order from Eickman’s Processing in Seward, IL.
You will get two invoices. Here’s why:
- Pay the farmer: We charge $3.50/lb for the pork (hanging weight, average is 110 lbs per half). We take a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold your order and send a final invoice in December once the butcher has your pig and we have an exact final weight.
- Pay the butcher: Processing (cutting, freezing & packaging fee) is paid separately to Eickman’s Processing upon pickup. This cost varies depending on your cut preferences.
How to Order
We are now taking orders for halves that will be ready in November 2023.
For all orders we require a non-refundable $100 deposit per half pig. Click here to make an order and deposit online, or email us to help you through the process. We will contact you once the pork has been dropped off at the butcher with a final invoice and instructions for working with them on your custom cuts.
Do you have questions we can answer before you order? Let us know through the Contact Us page! Thanks for your interest in buying farm-direct!