Great. I just emailed Lisa that we are in for the hog. I am sure she'll get back to me about timing soon. Congratualtions on your baby-on-the-way! When are you due? We can always go together to get the meat. I would like to take my kids...same reason...with two little boys I am always looking for fun activities and easy distractions!
As for the butchering...I think your idea of getting pork chops instead of one loin is a good one. We could also do the same with the ham, have it divided into ham steaks which would be easier to divide. If you have time to take a stab at the cut and wrap form that would be great. Could you email it to me when you're done? If you don't have time I can do it myself too. Either way.
PS: It's entirely possible that I could make a trip to the farm to pick up the meat. I have time (I'm quite pregnant and looking for easy distractions!) and I'd love to see the ranch. Just keep it in mind. I'm happy to do it!
Ok Kiran, we're in for doing this. I figure that splitting a half gives us each about 40-45 lbs. of pork, which is great. Costing it out, it'll be around $300 each (not counting any curing/smoking fees). I think the only thing we have to work out is how to split cuts. There will only be one ham, for example. For the loin, we could order just one loin or else do a number of pork chops which can be more easily divided. Things like this I'm sure we can negotiate. You might go to wind dancer's website and print out their "cut and wrap" form: http://www.winddancerranch.us/wdr-berkshirekurobuta.htm
If you're pressed for time, I could make a preliminary stab at a scheme for dividing things up and then see what you think. Ultimately, we can just meet when the cuts are delivered, grab a scale, and start bargaining! In the meantime, if you want a check for them, let me know.
Thanks for following up on this. Give me a few days to do all the math and see how it looks. Are you interested in (a) buying a half and splitting it between us, or (b) buying a whole hog and bringing in 2 other folks from the group? The former is logistically easier, but it might be cheaper to go in as a foursome. Again, I gotta do the math, but if you have any strong feelings either way, let me know. Back at ya soon...
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