# Pastured Pig Profitability Case Study

“The old folks didn’t call them ‘mortgage lifters’ for nothin'.”

## Timeline

• 3 pigs taken to processor on 10/20/20, born out of a group of 19 born on 4/15/20
• Processed at 219 days, or 31 weeks and 2 days, roughly 6 months
• Rule of thumb: process pigs when they weigh between 325 lbs and 350 lbs

## Costs

• Artificial Insemination for 19-pig litter: $204 or$11 / pig
• Total Feed Consumption for the three pigs:
• 2817 lbs total or 939 lbs / pig
• $789 total or$263 / pig
• Processing Cost: $1052 total or$351 / pig
• Note: Excludes costs of some “incidentals,” labor, and startup costs such as the cost of setting up an electric fence

• Total Cost: $1873 total or$624 / pig

## Yield

• Live Weight: 1005 lbs total or 335 lbs / pig
• Total Processed, Sellable Weight: 639 lbs
• Total Retail value (locally raised, ethically raised, pasture-based animals): \$5338

## Metrics

#### Feed Cost per Pound

$$\frac{Total\ Feed\ Cost}{Total\ Feed\ Weight} = \frac{789}{2817\ lbs} = 0.28\ per\ lb$$

#### Growth Rate

$$\frac{Live\ Weight}{Day \times Pig\ Count} = \frac{1005\ lbs}{219\ days \times 3} = 1.53 \frac{lbs}{day}$$

#### Feed Conversion

$$\frac{Live\ Weight}{Feed\ Consumption} = \frac{1005\ lbs}{2817\ lbs} = 0.36 \frac{lbs}{lb}$$

#### Processing Efficiency

$$\frac{Processed\ Weight}{Live\ Weight} = \frac{639\ lbs}{1005\ lbs} = 64\%$$

#### Cost per Pound

$$\frac{Acquisition + Feed + Processing\ Costs}{Processed\ Weight} = Cost\ Per\ Processed\ Lb$$

$$\frac{33 + 789 + 1052}{639\ lbs} = \frac{1874}{639\ lbs} = 2.93/lb$$

#### Average Price per Pound

$$\frac{5338}{639\ lbs} = 8.35/lb$$