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Raising animals for slaughter
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VKG    Posted 09-29-2002 at 18:11:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello, I have not visited this sight for 6 months or more, and I see many new names. I have asked people here for information before and recieved good advice. Today at 6 am we loaded up the pig we were raising for slaughter into the horse trailor to transport him to the man and the shop where the job would be done. This did not go smoothly, because he didn't want to get in the trailor. It took some pulling and squeeling before we could get him in. He calmed right down once he was in. He had water and food for the drive. It is a small operation, been in business for more then 50 years. It was clean and family owned. I have heard many good things about this operation. The pig was raised in a 3 acre field with some goats. My son and I would feed them treats once in a while. We enjoyed the pig, but were always aware of what would happen to him eventually. Why am I having such a problem coping with this? I have been reading a lot of information about slaughter houses on the internet, and I am really concerned about him dying humainly. Anybody else feel like this? I understand where meat comes from. I do not agree with all that animal rights groups have to say about eating animals. Just wanted to know how other folk felt under similar circumstances. Thanks.

Gary/Mount Hernom, La.    Posted 09-30-2002 at 06:29:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I ain't bought beef or pork in a store since 1975. I raise and slaughter my own meat, I kill 'em, skin'em, cool'em and cut 'em up into steaks, soupmeat, sausage pork chops, roasts etc.... I don't ever get attached to any animal I raise as a potential food source. Even the cows are subject to removal if they don't breed regularly, and of course the bull must be changed every several years, to avoid inbreeding. Some call me so cold cause I can butcher an animal I seen raised from a baby, but you gotta keep in mind how good those pork chops and sirloins taste hot of the BBQ. That helps me keep everything in perspective.

kraig WY Never could get attached to a pig    Posted 09-29-2002 at 20:21:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bout all I learned from them is how to cuss and loose money. Just got out of the business so now all I keep are ones I'm gonna eat or 4-H hogs. Just raise cows now. Your right about bucket fed calves. I have one cow I raised from one week old to three years. Throws good calves but best of all I don't need a feed bucket to bring her in. She's also the boss cow and she follows me, the rest follow her.
But you got to have some wild ones to chase so you can justify cow ponys. They're fun to work with too.

Don't know about the big outfits but the place I get butchering done is clean and humain. The only problem I ever had with them is getting animals in after a fair sale. I guess its because I'm not the only one happy with them.

EIEIO    Posted 09-29-2002 at 19:17:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Even though I am a new country gal, Dennis and I raised two pigs and two sheep for slaughter. When we brought them home I named them and I did tell them that they were destined for our table but until than they would have the best life they could ever have. They did, they were all spoiled rotten. I am still babysitting one of the pigs, we did sell him but the gentlemen wants us to keep him for a few weeks. At least that is what he said three weeks ago.
Anyway check out some of the sites on how the big operations keep their animals, the conditions are so bad and the food that is fed to them is filled with things to make them grow fast etc.
I thought I would feel bad when they left for slaughter but the place that butchered them is a small country butcher who has a great reputation, we did a lot of checking on that. I am comfortable eating the meat, in fact it is the best pork and lamb I have ever tasted. I also know that these critters had the best life they could have had. I also know that what we are eating is all natural and the best meat we could get.
These are just MY thoughts and I figured I would share them with you.

VKG    Posted 09-29-2002 at 19:26:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for your response. I too am new at this farm life. I too wanted to raise a "happy animal." I tryed not to get too attached to the pig and also the steer that will go in Nov, but it is so much easier on me as well as the animals if they are not afraid of me. They need to be wormed and tended to if there is a problem. I don't have shoots and solid fencing if an animal wants to really run away from me, so I tame them and try to maintain a distance.

Burrhead    Posted 09-29-2002 at 19:52:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yall got the right idea. It's alots easier to work cattle with a feed bucket than to have to rodeo them up ever time to work um.

kraig WY All come on Burr    Posted 09-29-2002 at 20:26:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
you're not sujesting we give up cow ponies. If I can't chase and rope a cow every now and then I might as well trade my horse for a rocking chair.
I've been telling everybody I'm working when I go for a pony ride. Without the excuse of chasing cows wife will find me some real work to do.

Burrhead    Posted 09-29-2002 at 20:42:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
When anybody is around I get out my old fodder fossil and saddle him up to bring the cows in.

When aint nobody around I go to the gate and holler SUUKY SUUKY HEAH COW and start beating a water bucket with my hand. When they get headed in I tear out for the barn and somebody shuts the gate behind us at the pens.

Don't tell nobody tho cause I don't have job security here either

scooterhead    Posted 09-30-2002 at 02:57:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Burr , I did`nt know there was any other way to do it but I gota slip out the other end of the barn , run around and shut the gate myself . Work alone most of the time . Seems I can work`em alone better that with help , The cows dont pay much mind to me but ya put a few strangers in there and they get abit spoky . I got one that was bucket raised and she aint nuthin but a pain .

Burrhead    Posted 09-30-2002 at 07:31:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know what ye mean.

I've got one that we bottle raised that's about 10 yrs old now. She still thinks she's the baby.

When I'm moving them around she leads the herd from pasture to pasture or to the barn. It makes it purdy easy to work them.

I used to shut my own gates but I just can't get from point A to point B in time to shut them in anymore.

JoeK    Posted 09-29-2002 at 18:46:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think you'll find that the majority of smaller butcher shops etc,are run cleanly and humanely.What seems to be the problem is the mega operations handling hundred and thousands of animals and more concerned with keeping costs down and the line moving as fast as possible.When we were kids we were not allowed to "name" the food animals like we named the milk cows and sows and such.They went by their eartag no only.It just seemed easier to take 458 to be butchered than"Porky",although it was not uncommon to mention the deceased ie:this steak is good,must be from that last steer.It does get easier when everyone truly understands the whole program and do not make pets of their"food".Its all a part of learnin and growin up I guess.

DeadCarp    Posted 09-29-2002 at 18:39:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's tough to slaughter a pet, especially if you name it and everything. We raised a 3-legged calf once, and babied the thing and such. I remember butchering day wasn't any treat so you're not alone. :) Once you build up 3-400 critters, they'll get more anonymous.

Promise Land Ranch    Posted 09-30-2002 at 06:09:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here in Washington State I raise custom fed beef and pork. The steers and pigs are named and treated like pets until the day they die. When their time comes the butcher comes to us so there is no worry of a trailer ride. For the people there is no worry about whether or not the animal died humanly or cruely because they die in their homes where they are most comfortable. Of course some states have outlawed this practice which I think was kind of stupid. But such is life bucause the government doesn't usually raise its own meat but instead buys the cellophaned stuff out of the store.


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