Eating what you raise

Somehow going out and picking ripe tomatoes and cucumbers is a bit different than dropping sheep off at a local processor where they’ll spend the night in a stall, surrounded by pigs and then be shot and slaughtered tomorrow.  I am sure they will be treated humanely at this processor.  It’s a big difference from those companies that process factory farmed animals.

How many times have you passed a tractor trailer truck full of fat white chickens, cattle or pigs?  At least these sheep spent the day in the sun grazing on fresh grass and were gently loaded into a large trailer and traveled only a short distance to their destination.

I think I’m going to try to get to the point where I can slaughter and process them at home … but that’s such a big undertaking.

It’s not easy, but I’ll know where my meat is coming from when I eat the lamb.

2 Replies to “Eating what you raise”

  1. My husband process’ our sheep now. It used to cost $90 for the kill truck to come out and then it cost $100 to have them cut etc. Now, he does it himself and the dogs are fed for months. I have raised sheep (all types) for years and I still don’t like the meat for myself. There is a great book he got off of Amazon on how to butcher animals. We will go out to my friend’s goat ranch and help them process some for dog food. They always have their human grade goat processed by a USDA plant, but the ones we will do are for dog food.

  2. I’ve butchered a lot of animals for my dogs. I haven’t quite got to the point of killing them myself, but I can skin, gut and clean them. We took the one sheep to the processor because he’s at least 150 pounds live weight. A bit too heavy to be handling here. The lamb we plan to eat ourselves. I scheduled an appointment for two more on April 8. We’ll see how it goes.

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