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We recently had the opportunity to purchase 3 sheep that were no longer needed/wanted in their herd from a guy that trains herding dogs.

The 3 sheep yielded about 210 lbs of meat for $300. A good friend volunteered his day to assist us in butchering them since we'd never done it before.

Here's a few pics from the event...

Akasha was initially terrified of the sheep. Then she decided they weren't very threatening
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Starting to remove the skin
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They were very respectful of the entire process
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Bailey wasn't sure what to think of the carcass
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Starting to break it down into usable pieces
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Further deconstruction...
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Nice!  Where do you find someone to buy sheep like this from?  Sounds nice since I'm really into crocheting and all.  I considered getting some angora goats so I could shear and slaughter.  Hubby and I don't eat goat at all so it would be all for the dogs (and any other carnivores we acquire in our lives  :P )


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Those sheep we ended up buying at a livestock auction.  In the years following we've found plenty of butcher animals for sale (or sometimes free) on Craigslist  :D



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Those must have been big sheep to make a Dane look like an average sized large dog rather than a giant! She looks Border Collie sized next to them!


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They were pretty darn big sheep  :D


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Man....this was a while ago! Learning to butcher was such an invaluable lesson for us to learn. Butchering ourselves has really opened up the door for great meat opportunities for the girls. Opportunities that provide affordable, really high quality meat that we wouldn't otherwise be able to afford. 

As weird as it sounds, I actually enjoy butchering even if it is really hard work, and pretty labor intensive! We actually have a butcher day coming up next Monday. We are processing three llamas for the dogs! 


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I've started to enjoy butchering as well Natalie. It's the thought of providing my dog with nutritious food that gets me giddy to butcher(so weird xD). Last fall, I beat my husband to the shed to butcher our deer. Starting raw even eliminated the "gut bucket" as well, which in turn keeps the coyotes away from our camp. Tho I still ride the 4x4 deep into the woods and drop off some pieces for the coyotes.(mostly legs/heads)


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What did you use to get the heads off and how did you end up putting them down?  I have butchered a deer and pig so far and chopped up a goat but it was already beheaded and skinned.  The goats we can get are such a nice size I wish I could buy them all year long, the pig I don't know if I want to do that again or not.  I didn't even think about livestock auctions, I'd need a trailer but that is a very good idea. 


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A .22 to the top/back of the head usually drops them in 1 shot.

 

We use a reciprocating saw like this to take heads off and cut through bone

 


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I've started to enjoy butchering as well Natalie. It's the thought of providing my dog with nutritious food that gets me giddy to butcher(so weird xD). Last fall, I beat my husband to the shed to butcher our deer. Starting raw even eliminated the "gut bucket" as well, which in turn keeps the coyotes away from our camp. Tho I still ride the 4x4 deep into the woods and drop off some pieces for the coyotes.(mostly legs/heads)

That's awesome Amber....we really need to take up hunting this year. We have so many turkeys, deer, elk and moose around our house. 


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A .22 to the top/back of the head usually drops them in 1 shot.

 

We use a reciprocating saw like this to take heads off and cut through bone

Yup, that's how we drop heads at the camp(with a .22). We don't usually take off the heads unless we're getting it mounted. So most times everything is left in tack and we trimmed off about 90% of the meat.



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Is it weird I'm a little envious?

I wanted to grow out and butcher some chickens and turkeys and a pig or 2, but I'm not experienced enough to do it myself(yet). I went shopping for my aunt at a restaurant supply store and found whole skinned goats. I didn't get a price on them, but I'm considering getting a few if they are reasonable.
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Is it weird I'm a little envious?

I wanted to grow out and butcher some chickens and turkeys and a pig or 2, but I'm not experienced enough to do it myself(yet). I went shopping for my aunt at a restaurant supply store and found whole skinned goats. I didn't get a price on them, but I'm considering getting a few if they are reasonable.

Given the group of people here....Not weird at all! If you thought it was gross, THAT would be weird LOL


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lol... definitely not gross. Im the only one in my family that laughs when the dogs eat chicken feet. Betty pops the toes off one by one and plays with them before eating.


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Man, I'm wiped. We butchered three llamas today.....hard work but it definitely is worth it! 


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So jealous! By biggest is ten pounds so the biggest thing I have butchered is a chicken. 


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Is it weird I'm a little envious?

I wanted to grow out and butcher some chickens and turkeys and a pig or 2, but I'm not experienced enough to do it myself(yet). I went shopping for my aunt at a restaurant supply store and found whole skinned goats. I didn't get a price on them, but I'm considering getting a few if they are reasonable.

I raise chickens geese ducks lamb and pigs on my little farm and I was originally a Chicago girl most of my life its been quite a change in lifestyle


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What did you use to get the heads off and how did you end up putting them down?  I have butchered a deer and pig so far and chopped up a goat but it was already beheaded and skinned.  The goats we can get are such a nice size I wish I could buy them all year long, the pig I don't know if I want to do that again or not.  I didn't even think about livestock auctions, I'd need a trailer but that is a very good idea. 

loppers the kind used for cutting branches cut right through spines ribs sheep legs ect very easily and are pretty cheap I have butchered whole pigs and lambs with nothing but a paring knife and loppers



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I raise chickens geese ducks lamb and pigs on my little farm and I was originally a Chicago girl most of my life its been quite a change in lifestyle

 

Sounds a lot like our move to N. Idaho from Denver! We were city slickers and now we have a fully functioning farm LOL


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Looks good!

 

We have processed our fair share of beasts for the dogs.  Its hard work but well worth it. I much prefer larger animals to the small ones.

 

Kind of funny but we are getting 3 sheep this weekend that are coming from a woman who used them to train her corgis to herd! LOL  We are only paying her for gas to haul them to us, about 60$, so 20$ an ewe. 

 

She said they were really fat from eating alfalfa so they should be good eating for the pups  :D


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