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Re: Aminals
« Reply #1050 on: October 22, 2018, 03:47:42 pm »

Talked to the butcher on Friday, the pig hung at 215 pounds, so we are getting THREE kinds of sausage out of him.

The lamb disappointed slightly, at 66 pounds hanging. Still getting shanks, ribs and lots of shoulder and loin chops. Instead of stew meat, the extra parts will be ground so we can make lamb burgers and kofta kebabs.

ALSO: picked up a fresh pig yesterday named Nuggets. She'll be ready for the County Fair in February. Pics a'coming.
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« Reply #1051 on: October 29, 2018, 03:42:12 pm »

This is Nuggets, the other white meat:



She is a happy and oinky little pig that will hopefully get huge.

And delicious.
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« Reply #1052 on: October 29, 2018, 06:10:56 pm »

ALSO: we trimmed Geronimo's hooves yesterday and it went surprisingly uneventful.

That hoss is really coming around, he almost trusts me not to murder him anymore.

Also, we decided that he is mostly Belgian Draft.
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« Reply #1053 on: October 29, 2018, 10:04:04 pm »

Today is a perfect trifecta; the butcher called and the pig and lamb are ready for pick up.

::drool::
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« Reply #1054 on: October 30, 2018, 01:12:03 pm »

That hoss is really coming around, he almost trusts me not to murder him anymore.


You can't blame him for being suspicious, just look at your last post !
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« Reply #1055 on: October 30, 2018, 03:16:30 pm »

I keep telling the hosss they're the emergency accessory meat packs, but after we shoot, bleed and butcher three animals in a day I guess I get their reticence on the topic.

ALSO: pigs sleep really hard and they snore and snort while they're at it. So every morning when I feed the goats I go by Nugget and reach through the fence and pat her belly while saying "what's shaking, bacon!" and she eventually jumps up out of a sound sleep and does the pig hop and grunt in circles for a minute. Then she settles down and goes and stuffs her head in the column feeder.

I like this morning ritual, not sure Nuggets does, though.
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« Reply #1056 on: October 31, 2018, 03:10:47 pm »

BUTCHER DAY is rapidly becoming more fun than most regular holidays:



Those cured half hams weigh 14 pounds each and the bacon sliced out to 18 packages.

I now have very little freezer space and will begin slaughtering the first turkeys in three weeks. I told Spouse we might need to make some space and she texted back "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED."
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« Reply #1057 on: November 02, 2018, 10:25:42 pm »

why buy males when you could become a goat cheese lunatic?

I didn't know you had to buy a goat to be a goat cheese lunatic. Have I been doing it wrong again?
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« Reply #1058 on: November 02, 2018, 10:36:14 pm »

No, you're fine, that's a different kind of goat cheese lunatic. :)
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« Reply #1059 on: November 03, 2018, 04:15:09 am »

No, you're fine, that's a different kind of goat cheese lunatic. :)

I actually don't have a whole lot of experience with goat cheese. That shit is expensive.
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« Reply #1060 on: November 06, 2018, 07:04:39 pm »

I AM DOING MY RESEARCH.

Getting in touch with breeder's is turning out to be a PITA, a lot of their info is out of date or they just don't fuck*ng respond worth a shit.

So I've found a couple of sources for registered La Mancha semen to use in A.I.

Little did I know this dairy goat thing was going to lead me to caprine obstetrics and gynecology.
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« Reply #1061 on: November 09, 2018, 04:10:35 pm »

Gidget the La Mancha goat went into heat so hard that she makes a really low loud bleat constantly and keeps climbing her pen fence and running around the yard looking to fulfill her genetic imperative.

Horny doe goats act even funnier than horny hoss mares, but are less likely to squirt on you.

Finally got in contact with a local breeder with a registered buck, we'll either set this poor goat up with a buck-date her next session in estrus or I'll have the AI equipment ready.
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« Reply #1062 on: November 13, 2018, 12:16:52 am »

A 4H friend was hired to start up an AG program at a local high school and the kids first project were turkeys.

So Saturday I had 14 kids over and taught them how to slaughter, pluck and clean for the table their 22 turkeys. They did really well, although a couple of the kids took to cutting throats a little to quickly.

Still, we sent them home with their turkeys bagged and barreled on ice and ready to go to the oven.

They did a nice job of cleaning up, too.
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« Reply #1063 on: November 15, 2018, 04:44:32 pm »

It's been really super dry and windy here lately, so last night after feeding I went to turn out the hosss and was scratching Geronimo's cheeks with both hands and basically the static build up audibly electrocuted his face.

He was less than a fan.
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« Reply #1064 on: November 16, 2018, 05:56:06 pm »

I pulled some blood out of Gidget the La Mancha and had the local vet send them off to a lab to test for some common goat and just got the results back, negative for CAE and CL. So, clear of the common goat diseases.

Since this clearance is a pre-requisite for taking her to meet a Buck my response was "HOORAY FOR GOAT fuck*ng!"
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