Looking for pork belly suppliers...

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by kingt36, May 9, 2014.

  1. kingt36

    kingt36 Meat Mopper

    Does anyone know of a good pork belly supplier in the Atlanta metro area. I've bought previously from Restaurant Depot, but am curious if anyone knows of any other options. That belly was ok, but I'm thinking there could be some better if I shopped around some. I did go to H-Mart and say the smaller packaged bellies they had and they were pretty expensive, like 4$ or more per lb, if I recall correctly. My butcher said he will sell belly to me, but it would be expensive also....any ideas or help?
  2. Try talking to the meat dept manager at one of your grocery stores, they might be willing to order you a case or maybe less than a case of bellies.
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I found I had to find an independently owned store that provided their own sausage, jerky and smoked meats.... I order by the case, usually 4-5 bellies, that come with their regular delivery...... last week I got 5 bellies, 58#'s,for $158... $2.73/#... delivered to my house.... He makes deliveries to the town I live in once/week..... This all started from a face to face at his store and sampling his different varieties of jerky and sausage.... discussing smoking meats and making sausages and bacon.... Amazing what can happen from one face to face BS session.... Since that meeting I have ordered a case of bottom rounds, 2 each 7 ribs roasts... bags of oysters... and he gave me 5#'s of commercial maple sugar cure mix... FREE.....
  4. grabber

    grabber Smoke Blower

    Check oriental markets/ stores for them.  Pork has gone thru the roof.  I read on another site that there's a disease that is killing piglets and they don't have a cure for it at this time.  If I can locate it, I'll post it.
  5. grabber

    grabber Smoke Blower

    Here it is.

    In some areas, pork prices are at an all-time high of $3.83 a pound! [​IMG] Get ready for another spike in pork prices! Is anyone following the story of PED? It’s “Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea and it’s a viral infection we can’t cure. It’s highly contagious and scientists are baffled. No one even knows where it came from. America's pig farmers are devastated. Since the summer of last year, seven million piglets have died in the USA because of the virus. Our total hog “herd” is about 63 million.
    The PED virus was first diagnosed in Ohio last May, but now has spread across 30 states – with no cure in sight! The USDA has asked the pork industry to track its spread and positive steps have been taken to open more communication. Most farmers believe PEDv is transmitted by contact with pig manure. However, PEDv does not pose a risk to human health and it is not a food safety issue according to the USDA.

    The virus is nearly identical to that previously found in the Anhui province in China according to the journal of the American Society of Microbiology. Researchers are exploring the widespread use of pig-blood byproducts. Has the virus infected on the United States? No. Canada reports widespread cases as well as Japan, China, Mexico, parts of South America, and Europe.

    Throughout America, farmers are insisting on “biosecurity” measures. Some hog farmers now prohibit outside visitors while others require workers to change clothes when entering and leaving barns. Truck drivers wipe down the steps into their cabs, disinfect their steering wheels and change boots or even wear disposable booties before entering farm yards.

    The National Pork Board has spent about $1.7 million researching the virus, which is nearly always fatal in pigs younger than 21 days. With pork prices at an all-time high of $3.83 a pound, the loss of baby pigs cuts into profits for hog farmers.

    Hang on folks! This is going to be a rough one!
  6. dave17a

    dave17a Smoking Fanatic

    Oh gee where did it come from.Gov't?  Genetecly engineered grain? Wake up! It's all bull crap. We can all live without meat but going to can (process some), it's too easy.
  7. grabber

    grabber Smoke Blower

    I don't claim to be the smartest guy but the University of Iowa seems to have some credibility.

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    Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED): Diagnostic Testing

    Diagnosis of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea

    Check this website often, as frequent updates are expected to occur.

    Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED)

    • PED virus (PEDv) is a TGE-like virus causing diarrhea in a large proportion of all ages of swine when epidemic. If endemic, then diarrhea is observed with lower morbidity in predominantly suckling and recently weaned pigs.
    • PED has been endemic in Europe and Asia but has not been present the US until the spring of 2013
    • PED has been recently identified in many herds in multiple states in the US
    • PEDv only affects pigs; there are no other known carriers, including humans
    • Although PEDv is a coronavirus that is related to TGE virus, tests for TGE virus will not detect PEDv.

    More information:

    Criteria for PEDv Testing:

    • Epidemics (morbidity > 50%) of malabsorptive diarrhea which can occur in all ages of swine
    • Atrophic enteritis is demonstrated in small intestine by histopathology


    • Diagnosis of PED is confirmed by PCR on feces or intestines from acutely affected pigs or by immunohistochemistry on formalin-fixed intestine
    • The Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has capacity for high-throughput testing by a battery of PCR test methods
    Sample types and submission process is the same as for TGE (see complete guidelines below)
    • At least 10 ml of feces or intestinal contents on ice from acutely-affected pigs within first 24 hours of onset of diarrhea
    • Fresh intestine (10 inch segments of jejunum, ileum and colon) on ice
    • Formalin-fixed small intestine (6 sections 1” in length) and colon (3 sections 1” in length)
    • MOST IMPORTANTLY, collect samples from acutely-affected pigs within the first 24 hours of onset of diarrhea

    Porcine Enteritis Sample Collection Guidelines

    The best specimens are collected from acutely-ill (<24 hours) live untreated pig(s).
    Feces>10 ml of feces
    Colon and cecumEntire organ, fresh/chilled
    Several 1 cm pieces, formalin-fixed
    Ileum10-15 cm segments, fresh/chilled
    Three 1 cm pieces, formalin-fixed
    Jejunum10-15 cm segments, fresh/chilled
    Three 1 cm pieces, formalin-fixed
    Other Lesions as warrantedFresh/chilled tissues
    Several 1 cm pieces, formalin-fixed
    Samples removed at necropsy in the field are better than a whole dead pig submitted to the lab.
    1. Samples must be taken as soon after death as possible (within minutes).
    2. Intestines do not need to be tied off at the ends.
    3. Flush intestinal segments for histopathologic examination with formalin and drop in fixative or gently open ends of 1/2" segments with a scissors or forceps to expose mucosa as immersed.
    4. Pool all formalin-fixed tissues from each pig in one bag; individual pigs can be pooled or kept separate as desired.
    5. Package fresh intestines separately from other tissues and each pig in a separate bag. Chill fresh tissues before mailing. Do NOT freeze.
    6. Do not send whole, dead pigs (intestines autolyze quickly).

    PED virus, TGE virus, Rotavirus
         BacteriaBrachyspira spp., Clostridium spp., E. coli, Enterococcus durans, Lawsonia intracellularis, Salmonella spp. Brachyspira spp.
         ParasitesCoccidia, Cryptosporidia, Nematodes
    • Feces from acutely affected pigs are useful for PCR detection of PED, TGEV, Lawsonia intracellularis and fecal flotation for parasites.
    • Samples (10-20 ml) should be taken on the first day of diarrhea. Brachyspira hyodysenteriae can occasionally be isolated from feces (swabs are even less reliable). Salmonella spp. are difficult to recover from feces and/or rectal swabs.


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