Monday, April 28, 2008

Butchering Pics and Our New Holstein

4/29/08 - 3rd Day - Midday. Ok friends, here are some pics and a slide show for ya. The first is a slide show I made out of our pictures from processing the goats into sausage. The pictures are from two different days, but basically they will walk you through most of the process, from killing the goat to processing the meat to stuffing the sausage. I just thought it would take forever to put all the pics up on here. For those of you who have not followed the story, Brother Chris Woods volunteered two of his goats for Ranchfest, so we decided to use them to butcher the goats and process the meat into sausage. We had a couple of really cold mornings out of the blue, so I took the opportunity to give a butchering class. We butchered a goat each morning and then, when several of the Ranchfest guests were here, we made sausage. To go straight to the slide show, CLICK HERE. Come back here when you are done.

Ok, to the left here is what the sausage looked like right before we ate it. It was delicious.

I don't currently have many pictures from Ranchfest, though I know a lot were taken. I think some people said they would email me the pics, and if I get them I will post them, but also look for Ranchfest photos on the blogs from others in the community - which can be found on the right hand side of my blog in the blog roll. For some great Ranchfest pics, check out the Irby's blog: Click Here

Hey, we finally received our Holstein heifer. We bought her for a milk cow, so now we just have to get her pregnant and wait 9 months to start milking her. Actually, I bought her as an
investment, since I don't plan on keeping her (unless the Lord wills, of course). I would prefer to invest in a miniature Jersey or two, but I got the Holstein at such a bargain price, I figured it would be worth it to get her and keep her until she is fresh and milking, then we might sell her - since fresh milk cows really go for a premium around here. Of course if no one buys her, we would be glad to keep her and milk her, since we will need the milk anyway. So here is a picture of Beulah. You should be able to click on the pic to get a closer look:

I plan on doing a little scattershooting blog post later today, but I wanted to get these pictures to you this morning, so I hope you enjoyed them.



Debbie said...

What a wonderful idea of having a slide show to demonstrate how you processed the goat(s) for sausage!
Pictures are the next best thing for learning when you can't be there "up close and personal" during the butchering class.


Ginny said...

Thanks for the pictures. I hope to have our own meat one day. And maybe even be able to butcher it ourselves. The sausage looked really good. And the heifer is lovely. :-D