Whole Roaster Pigs

  • All sales of live pigs must be arranged at least 24 hours in advance

  • All pigs sold live must be transported in a humane manner

  • All pigs processed on farm must be slaughtered in a humane manner

Looking for a pig for your big party or event? We can help! The pandemic has thrown some wrenches into the works -- basically, many meat processors are still booking months out in advance. What this means is that you either need to be willing to plan ahead a lot, drive a lot, or be prepared to get dirty with some DIY action (or pay someone to do it for you). Here's the different ways to get a roaster pig for your party.

1. We take the roaster pig to our regular USDA-inspected processor along with some of our pigs, and you pick it up. This only works if we happen to have an appointment with the processor that is near your pig roast date. If that happens to be the case, then we are happy to drop your pig off for processing free of charge! The catch is that our regular processor, De Vries Meats, is out past Grand Rapids. It usually takes them about 10 days to process our cuts, since we are usually having some bacon cured and smoked, and they do not want to have your roaster kicking around the place for 10 days. They are either going to stick it in the freezer and we pick it up when we pick up our meat, or you are going to have to go pick it up yourself, since we can't make multiple trips out there due to the distance. The cost for your pig would be $3.50/lb hanging weight plus the cost of processing (usually around $50 for a small pig).

 

Pricing example: If we take a 100-lb live weight pig to our processor for you, you would get a 65-70 lb whole pig, skin on; you would pay us about $290 total ($3.50x70 lbs for the pig, plus about $50 for slaughter, gutting, and dehairing). Don't forget to factor in time and money for gasoline if you are picking up the pig yourself.

2. We take the roaster pig to a custom slaughterhouse of your choosing for a delivery free. You pick up. If you are able to find a custom (i.e., USDA-exempt) slaughterhouse in our area that can take your pig on a day that works for you, then we are happy to load it and transport it for a fee. The difficulty here is finding a place that has a date available, as the pandemic has had major effects on the meat supply chain. We would charge a delivery fee of $25-150 depending on distance to processor ($50 per hour of driving, one way). We are happy to share a list of processors to contact, but we cannot do the calling for you. The cost would be $2/lb live weight plus delivery fee; you would pay the processor yourself (usually around $50). You are certainly welcome to purchase the live animal yourself and take it to the processor on your own, so long as you have appropriate means to transport the pig in a humane manner -- no "hog tying" or tossing it in the trunk of your Honda Accord, both of which are things past would-be customers have proposed doing.

 

Pricing example: If we start with a 100-lb live pig that yields a 70-lb carcass and take it to a processor a 1.5 hour drive from our farm, we would charge you about $275 total ($200 for the pig, plus $75 for a delivery fee); you would also need to pay the processor a slaughter fee, usually around $50, and factor in time and gas money to pick up your processed pig.

3. You hire a custom butcher to slaughter the pig on farm. This is probably the easiest option. By law, as the producers, we cannot slaughter and process a pig for you -- that would make us a custom slaughterhouse, but we do not meet the necessary criteria with respect to our infrastructure. However, there is no law against us selling you a live pig and you or your agent processing it on farm for you! We can even recommend a butcher for you -- to set up an appointment, contact Damian Rivera at 517-414-4828. In the past, Damian has charged around $150 to process a roaster size pig; this cost covers his transportation, the specialized materials he brings, and his labor. In addition, you would pay us $2/lb live weight for the pig.

 

Pricing example: for a 100 lb pig, live weight, would yield a hanging-weight carcass of about 65-70 lbs; for a pig this size, you would pay about $350 total -- $200 to us for the pig ($2/lb x 100 lbs), plus about $150 to Damian for his butcher services. You would need to pick up your pig that same day during summer time, since we do not have a walk in freezer or cooler. In winter time, the world is our walk in cooler. 

4. You and/or your friend slaughter the pig yourselves. This is the most cost effective option! This is Michigan -- chances are you have a friend who hunts deer, so put that experience to good use. With appropriate notice, you may slaughter and process your roaster here on site -- however, you or your agent must have some previous experience with butchery. All on-farm slaughter must comply with federal guidelines for humane slaughter, meaning that the animal must be rendered unconscious prior to being bled. If you will not be using a firearm to put the animal down, we will use a captive bolt stun gun to render the animal unconscious before you (not us -- laws!) kill the animal and bleed it out. The cost for the pig is $2/lb live weight -- we will come to an agreement ahead of time on weight, and we will check the weight before your slaughter date with a livestock scale. You may then take the pig to another site for processing, or for an additional $25 you may use our equipment (propane burner to heat water for scalding, pot, knives, scraping tools, etc.) to gut and dehair the pig; this cost includes disposal of innards. 

Pricing example: for a 100 lb pig, live weight, you would pay about $200 total for the pig; if you wish to gut and clean it here, we would charge you an extra $25 for the use of our equipment and the labor involved in cleaning up afterward. You would need to take your pig with you that same day. 

  • All sales of live pigs must be arranged at least 24 hours in advance

  • All pigs sold live must be transported in a humane manner

  • All pigs processed on farm must be slaughtered in a humane manner