Wednesday, June 19, 2013

TBF 015 :: Whole Hogs or Individual Cuts, Making Hay, and a Hard Lesson Learned

Anyone who raises livestock and produces more than their own family can consume will at some point have to consider how they are going to sell their products (or even how they will barter it). For many small-scale direct marketing livestock farms the question then becomes are the going to only sell whole/half animals, only individual cuts in some sort of retail setting, or a combination of both. In our case we do almost an equal amount of whole/half sales and individual cut sales when it comes to our pork, but in the future I would like to see that scale take a major tip towards mostly (or even only) selling whole and half hogs.

In this episode I spend a little time talking about how we sell pork on our farm and what the positives and negatives are with our method at this point. This is a topic that I'm very passionate about, but because of that I have a tendency to find myself rambling a little and possibly repeating myself. In fact you can read this post ... or this follow up post from two years ago on this very same topic. What I would love to hear about though is your thoughts on how to sell the animals that you raise!
  • Do you only sell whole/half animals?
  • Do you only sell individual cuts or small bundles?
  • Do you sell retail or wholesale or even to convention markets?
  • Do you do something crazy cool like a "Meat CSA" with a variety of meat cuts each week or two?
If you have an input on the topic be sure to leave a comment below or send us an e-mail.

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