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Hog kill'n disaster
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Gary, Mt. Hermon, La    Posted 01-29-2003 at 10:38:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well last Saturday was the day to slaughter two hogs I had in a off the ground pen. My neighbor who has been raised on a hog farm and had been through more butcherings than he cares to discuss decides to go over and shoot the first one to get things started. Well just as he pulled the trigger the hog raised its head and sure enough got a bullet in the sinus. So, no problem right just fire off another shot. Well the gun jammed and the hog saw the opportunity to jump out the half open door onto the ground. Not good since the barn yard only has fence on three sides.

Here we go trying to keep the hog cornered in the yard while neighbor repairs his gun, meanwhile, brother in law runs across the field to get his rifle. Neighbor keeps trying to get the gun to fire, takes aim again at the hog, guess what, that's right gun misfires again and again and again. By now the hog's getting tired or bored with us herding him back and forth into the corner of the yard. Finally brother in law shows up with a working gun, puts one shot in the brain, and the hog's down, stuck and bleeding.

The rest of the opeperation went along uneventful, got him skinned, gutted, halved and hung in the cooler. Thankfully the second one went down with one shot still in the pen.

We'll be deboning and grinding up for sausage this weekend. Now just gotta pray for a real cold spell to come around soon so I can try out this new smokehouse.


Larry    Posted 01-29-2003 at 23:03:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]

At least you didn't have to kill hogs the way my Dad did when he was a kid. His Dad would never want his hogs shot. What they would do was to have the boys(Dad and his brothers) grab the hog and turn him over on his back. Then Grandpa would "stick" the hog. After that they let the hog up and slowly walked him over to the scalding pot. By this time he would be all bled out and would just drop over dead,right where they needed him. I know it doesn't sound good,but dad said they would do it so fast the pig never knew what had happened.

When they butcherd a steer Grandpa would just pop it in the head with the back side of a single bit ax,and then cut it's throat after it hit the ground. Dad said that Grandpa was so good at doing this that when he hit the steer it's legs would just fold up and it would hit the ground in a heap.He said the steer wouldn't even roll over.



DeadCarp    Posted 01-29-2003 at 14:08:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah that happens, even to pros - i'll never forget my tour of a slaughter huose in Des Moines years ago. They were running thru about 80 steers an hour and if everything went right, they were urged along a narrow chute, loaded, got a stud pin
in the cowlick and as their knees buckled and they drifted off, the bottom dropped out of the chute so the guy down below could slit them and get their back feet on the hooks.

Of course, one was less ruly than usual, climbing all over and resisting everything, they prodded him into place and peppered his forehead with about 8 holes and finally just dropped him thru for the next guy. He slid down, one swipe of the knife and his hind-end was being lifted. He was still kicking on the rack and splattering everything in sight like some 800-pound chicken. Can you imagine going home at nite with a job like that? "How was work Daddy?" I shudder when i think of that poor thing. Care for more roast? :)



steve II JD4000    Posted 01-29-2003 at 16:36:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah... See that, been there.. that's where I work at my first job 13 years ago and still working there but in the coolers.. had too much bad dreams the next day after the night.


Cindi    Posted 01-29-2003 at 15:37:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like that one was maybe something more intelligent in it's last life....


cowgirlj    Posted 01-29-2003 at 11:10:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like the time we helped a neighbour do 6 hogs, all went well until we got to the last....Arnnie. He decided he wasn't going the way his pen mates did and jumped through a small glass window in the barn and made his get away across a 200 acre pasture. Some how he figured out if he ducked and weaved he would live longer. When he got out of range of the 22, one of the guys finally got wise enough to pull out a 7mm. Lost a little meat, but it was better than having a wounded hysterical pig screaming through the horse pasture!
He made some pretty good bacon, that Arnie did!
j


Cindi    Posted 01-29-2003 at 10:47:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Holy...oh my....oh....heck...for lack of the permission to use a more appropriate word. We went through three bullets on one hog one morning and I don't care to relive that one again. I bet you didn't cry like I did.


Dave    Posted 01-29-2003 at 14:39:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm glad you answered that guy with the psychotic pigs. I read that on last night and started to give one of my really of the wall answers...(I have an aunt Edna that use to be a pig and she said...) anyway you did a much better job of answering that than I would have. Same with Muhammed below. I started to let him have it...but I regained control...;)


Cindi    Posted 01-29-2003 at 15:39:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
There's some really weird questions in there and it's hard sometimes to tell if they're serious or not. I think that's why Jerry doesn't respond sometimes. He's not sure either. Which muhammed? In here or at the pig site?


Larry    Posted 01-29-2003 at 23:07:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I must have missed something along the line. Where is this pig page you are refering too?


Cindi    Posted 01-30-2003 at 04:21:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Link to pig page below....or above?


Dave    Posted 01-29-2003 at 18:24:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been curious as to how many hogs Jerry has, but he won't answer personal questions like that. He seems to know hogs pretty well. Off subject again, but that reminds me...again, I miss Hogman being in here..he's a character.

Some dude named muhammed wondered in here and tried to stir something up by asking which country harbors the most cockroaches....hopefully since he didn't get much action he won't be back.


Cindi    Posted 01-29-2003 at 20:53:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ohhhh that guy, yeah now I remember. It seems to me that I heard/saw (smile) Jerry say that he has a couple hundred head. I talked with him breifly through e mail and he said it was him, his wife and ...son?...and one hired hand running the place. He is a bit of an enigma though, you never know how he's going to react. I'll say something I think is funny and he doesn't react at all and I'll say something totally serious and he gets tickled. He's a trip.


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