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PrestonSturges wrote:On the subject of butchering deer - there are some good videos that explain a lot about white tail butchering.
Cows are more sedentary, but deer have some muscles that are very tough. If you slice a deer haunch with a band saw like a steer round eye steak, each deer steak will have excellent meat, so-so meat, and a chunk of pure gristle in each slice, because you are getting 3 different muscles. For the deer, it's better to cut out the good muscle whole for roasting, cut out the tough bit for grinding, and maybe use the gristly strip for dog food or soup stock. So for butchering deer, approach it as dissection rather than an assembly line slaughter house. Like I said, get a video.
rangerone314 wrote:As my chickens have started egglaying in serious fashion, found half of the hens missing or dead this morning and a lot of feathers. Probably a damn fox.
Ludi wrote:A friend had Dexters and she liked them a lot but they were too much for a single, middle-aged disabled lady to manage so she had to sell them.
Today I worked on more hugel beds in the kitchen garden, and cleaning out the feed shed. It's wonderful to be able to work now it's cool out.
Also worked a bit for $, which is going very well lately.
As much as I like the idea of dexters and other "special" or miniature cattle, the problem I have with special/rare breeds is that.. if SHTF, it will be a lot harder to get to new blood (like bull) for breeding..
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