# Pastured Pig Profitability Case Study

These notes were taken based on this 16-minute YouTube video called Make Money With Pastured Pigs - Earn Over $1000 in 6 Months. The video was created by Sheraton Park Farms YouTube channel and posted 11/19/2020.

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## 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

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