Saturday, February 9, 2008

To buy a fat hog..

A few months ago, my dad called telling me they finally found someone to buy half a beef from. They had been looking for several months. Apparently there was a run on beef this year because everywhere they looked had already sold their's or were charging an arm and a leg. When he found a neighbor, a kid I went to highschool with, still had half of a beef that was yet unclaimed, they jumped on the chance. Turns out, the young man also raises pigs and had one available. Perfect. Enough beef and pork to last a year. Daddy wanted to know if I wanted to split the cost. I said sure.

I just got the phone call, our beef and pork have gone to the butcher's. They should be aged, portioned, smoked, cured, and wrapped within the next 2 weeks. Grand total for half a beef and whole hog-$707.00 to the farmer, a little over $200 to the butcher. That works out to $1.10 per pound for the beef (plus .39 to the butcher) and $1.50 for the pork (also plus the .39 to the butcher.) We don't eat much meat. Maybe only 2-3 times a week. How on earth will we ever use it all? I have no idea, but I'm glad to help ease the strain on my mum and dad. Even if they use most of it.