Precision Packing

Ben Stuffing Ground Pork

There is a cool trick to packing the ground meat into bags. At the suggestion of one of the inspectors who also has his own meat cutting business we use our vertical sausage stuffer. The stuffer neatly puts the ground at the bottom of the bag keeping the seal area on the bag clean. This goes about twice as fast as making balls and placing them inside or otherwise hand stuffing the bags.

Precision Packing

As an added benefit, the packing is far more precise. Ben figured out that if he turns the handle the right amount of rotation each time it gives him precisely one pound packages. How precise you ask? The above is 12 one pound packages of ground. Ben got them within 0.003 lbs margin of error per package. That’s three one thousands of a pound. That’s precision packing.

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5 Responses to Precision Packing

  1. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    “thousandths of” . . . plural, not possessive, and with a lithp at the end.
    —-An unreformed machinist and compulsive proofreader—

    And that is really impressive precision, Ben!!!

  2. Nancy Hofmeister says:

    Awesome! I used to work in manufacturing and was trained in efficiency, quality control and continuous improvement. Ben’s precision and improvement strikes my fancy.

  3. Megan says:

    We have a small hilltop farm in West Virginia. We began raising pigs with the purchase of two Old Spot gilts last spring. We’ve since butchered three additional feeders. We currently have a large boar (Berkshire/Tamworth), a young Old Spot boar, and six shoats. Our original gilts just farrowed. One had a litter of 11 with 10 live, no help needed. The second had seven larger pigs with five live. She needed help during labor after four hours between pigs. Two were coming out together. After assistance, the first pig came out live and the last two of the litter were still born. Both sows have been excellent mothers, co-mothering, gentle and such with no lost pigs. Anyway, wondering if you could detail your criteria for selecting/keeping breeders? What specifically is your formula? Also, our large boar is currently separated from the sows and pigs and in large pasture. Tonight when my husband was checking his feeder, he was startled by something else and charged my husband who ran thinking he was charging. The boar ran with him without harming and we think was only seeking security. What specific behaviors would you not want in a boar in your breeding herd? Our boar immediately starts following us around in the pen and once threw his head at a bag of grain being held by my husband. Is this a bad sign or could he be lonely? He was with the sows right up until a week before farrowing. The pigs were born early May. Any thoughts on safety around boars? We so enjoy all the pig infomation/resources here. Thank you for so much inspiration.

    • I have 36 criteria I use. It’s the subject of an article in progress. With farrowing I look to figure out if it was a problem caused by me (setup) or something else outside the sow’s control (bad luck) or if she is at fault. Many factors. For one see Lay Lady Lay. In both sows and boars I look for good temperament. It’s something you have to learn to judge overall and understand the context. Hard to put into a few words.

      • Megan says:

        We’ll look forward to that article. Both our sows built impressive nests and carefully and gracefully lie down around the pigs, which was particularly amazing for us to see (as first time pig farrowing farmers) when at first the babies were so small and many underfoot. Our boar seems gentle enough. We’ll keep watching him. Perhaps our reservation is as it should be simply given he’s 450 pounds and growing.

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