J&R Strengthens Bond with Paso Robles High School FFA (Future Farmers of America)
We have always been supportive of local 4H and FFA groups; buying fair animals at auction, processing many of the animals purchased at local fairs, and donating meat for fundraisers. This year Paso Robles High School agriculture teacher and FFA leader Mark Clement approached us about working with his group. We agreed to sponsor 9 Hampshire/Yorkshire cross-bred hogs. We bought the hogs and their feed, and also paid a fee to the FFA chapter to manage the raising of the hogs. The animals were housed with plenty of space, had access to the out of doors and were frequently exercised by the attentive students.
At J&R, we like to harvest hogs at 250-300 pounds. With a market weight of 250 pounds and a yield of 73.6 percent, a typical hog will produce a 184 pound carcass. The carcass will yield approximately 140 pounds of pork and 44 pounds of skin, fat and bone. These hogs from Paso High’s FFA group were harvested in this range and yielded succulent hams and other cuts.
This week’s hams from Paso High’s FFA group offer the ideal locavore experience. The FFA students did the hard work of properly raising the hogs and selling them at real market prices – a lesson in animal husbandry and economics. We are pleased to share the resulting nutritious meats with you.