An Unplanned Friday

After the events of late Thanksgiving night, I had several things that needed to get done on Friday that were not planned.  Going forward I will be referring to George as the sheep, moving from the mindset of pet to that of resource I guess.

We hung the sheep overnight Thursday.  As my wife had to go to work on Friday I had to get things done when I could.  While the baby was taking a nap I was able to shear the sheep and get him into the barn to warm up slightly so butchering would be possible, we only heat the barn to 50 degrees and it had gotten down to the upper 20’s that night.  I was obviously not able to save the whole fleece, but I got what I could.  I am thinking about taking the less quality pieces that had gotten soiled/bloody and selling them to trappers.  I have learned that trappers use wool as a natural material to hold scent lures.

That afternoon my mother came over to help watch the kids so my dad and I could butcher the sheep.  We had told the kids earlier in the day what had happened and they seemed to deal with it pretty well. We worked for a little over 2 hours getting all the cuts done and then spent another 45 minutes to an hour preparing the cuts for freezing.  In the middle of that we were able to hunt, unsuccessfully, for about an hour and a half.

Also during the morning nap I was able to use these brackets that I had bought from Tractor supply to build a wood rack.  I used four pressure treated 2×4’s, two of which I cut in half for the uprights.

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It was an altogether unplanned day, but one that was productive nonetheless.  We have a freezer that has more meat in it than when the day started, I was able to get experience in how to butcher an animal, and I got slightly more prepared for firewood.

 

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4 Responses to An Unplanned Friday

  1. LuckyRobin says:

    Have you never butchered an animal before? That is quite a way to learn.

    • I have not. I have gutted several, but always took them to a butcher. My dad has, so he took lead, and did the majority of the work. I have watched youtube videos and read about it. In fact, I have a butchering book i had only time to glance at before we got started. I would have liked to have been more prepared.

      • LuckyRobin says:

        Well, there is nothing like first hand experience. It becomes intuitive after you’ve done a few and each one you do will build your confidence for the next one.

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