Buying a Half or Whole share can be intimidating the first time! We’ve included our most frequently asked questions below:
How does the Meat Share program work?
Our price for Heritage Pork Shares is $7.00 per pound of hanging weight. The pigs are an important component of the Ranch in general; our prices ensure that we can continue raising quality pork.
We require a deposit of $200 per Half Share or $400 per Whole Share to reserve your pig. (Pre-payment plans can also be set up, more info in the FAQs below). This deposit secures your Share and helps cover the cost of raising your pig to size. The deposit goes toward the final price once it is weighed. All deposits are non-refundable.
We target 100-pound halves hanging weight, but the final result depends on the pigs. You can then expect the dress-out weight of our pork estimated to be 160 pounds for a Whole pig.
The carcass weight is what we call “hanging weight”. Your final cuts of pork will be around 40% of the hanging weight plus any organs you wish to keep. Most buyers also want the valuable Mangalitsa fat! Bones make up the remainder.
Shares are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cut and wrap costs are paid directly to the butcher. Prior to processing, we provide our customers with a Pig Cut Sheet to give the butcher so your pork is just how you like it. Cut and wrap costs do fluctuate but are currently around $.80 per pound. The finished pork is frozen.
Shipping via FedEx is available for customers not within easy driving distance!
Sample Cost for a Half Pork Share
- Hanging weight: 100 lbs.
- $7.50 x 100 lbs.= $750 to Highland Glenn Ranch
- $0.80 x 100 lbs.= $80+ tax to butcher
- Total: $820
Do I need a lot of freezer space?
Frankly, yes. Plan on 1 cubic foot per 25 lbs. of pork. For reference, a Half Share takes up the entire freezer space in a standard freezer/fridge combo. Reasonably priced chest freezers can be found on Craigslist or FB Marketplace. We bought ours at a second-hand appliance store. You will never regret having an extra freezer! Or, you can always pair up with a friend and split a Share amongst yourselves!
Can I have other parts of the pig?
Of course! The butcher charges for wrapping organs. Other extras are picked up from the butcher upon request only (head/misc. organs) so must be collected by us on the day of slaughter. We do charge an additional flat rate of $25 for those extras.
Can I pay ahead of time?
Absolutely! We will work with you to set up a pre-payment plan that meets your needs, in whatever increments you like, and invoice you on a decided schedule.
Usually, there are 6-8 months between the initial deposit and the harvest of the animal. The only requirements are that you pay the deposit and whatever the remainder is at harvest before you receive your pork.
We allow pre-payment of up to $200 on a Half Share and up to $400 on a Whole Share. The final price is generally higher than that, but we’ve capped it to avoid overpayment.
What payment methods do you accept?
We prefer electronic payment through Zelle but also accept cash, cashier’s checks, and postal money orders. Please specify on the Order Form which method you will use.
How do you ship your pork frozen?
We use FedEx, insulated boxes, and gel packs to keep your pork frozen. Even if your order ships in 100-degree weather, it will still arrive frozen!
What if I’m not home when my box arrives?
No signature is required for delivery. Your box will always have plenty of ice packs in case you can’t unbox it right away.
Can I track my order?
We work with a third-party shipper that keeps us updated on any delays due to weather, etc., so we are able to keep you updated!
To produce the highest quality Mangalitsa Heritage Pork with exceptional flavor for crafting your culinary experiences, with health benefits for our family and customers, in a way that improves our land. Because we believe every bite should be a special pleasure for the palate!