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Leatherneck Country Meats Offering Second Sale

August 23, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – For the second year, the student-run Leatherneck Country Meats – The Purple and Gold Standard of Western Illinois University, will offer a pork sale to the public.

The new operation is run through the University Farm and uses animals raised there as part of the University's academic offerings, including classes on swine science and as part of WIU's nationally-successful Livestock Judging Team. Money raised through the program benefits the School of Agriculture.

Agriculture students are employed at the farm to handle all parts of animal care, from feeding to farrowing. Faculty from the WIU School of Agriculture advise the students.

Processing for Leatherneck Country Meats is done at the Farmhouse Meat Company in Carthage, IL. Owners of the meat locker include two WIU alumni.

Leatherneck Country Meats is offering three bundles for sale in September, including:

• The Rocky Bundle - $120: Two roasts or hams, six-eight pork chops, three pounds of bacon and eight pounds of sausage.

• The Purple and Gold Bundle - $310: Three pounds of rack spare ribs, four two-pound Boston butt roasts, two shoulder roasts, eight pounds of bacon, 10-12 bone-in chops, five pounds of sausage, two packages of brats and a whole ham, halved.

• The Whole Hog - $400: The meat is processed to the buyers' specifications. The processing cost is not included in the package. (Approximately 150 pounds).

The finished bundles must be picked up at the Carthage locker by the buyers.

To order from the new Leatherneck Country Meats, visit

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