Our first lambs arrived early last week. We were lucky enough to get two twin ewes born to one of our experienced mothers! They were very tiny at birth, which made us nervous, but their mom is seasoned and a very diligent and nurturing ewe. Every time she stands up, she rallies them to eat, and they are now growing like little weeds!
We've spent the past couple of weeks filling our freezers. It's that time of year!
We slaughtered our beef steer just in time for two more to take it's place. We let the beef hang for 14 days, no small feat, since the steer weighed over 1200 pounds. Then we spent a few days cutting up and butchering the meat ourselves. We ended up with about 700 pounds of roasts, steaks, and stew meat; and about 100 pounds of hamburger.
We've exclusively raised our own meat for about 10 years, so we've been able to get the butchering down to a science. We have also been able to buy, as we could afford them, the commercial saws, grinders, and wrapping equipment that make the process go much faster.
Because of the timing, we took the three pigs we raised over the winter to a local butcher for slaughtering and processing. You can't age pig meat like you can beef, so it was too much for our little family to do both a large beef and three pigs all at the same time.
And you can't herd pigs anywhere they don't want to go...
So, now our freezer is full for another year.
And, if the weather keeps cooperating - soon our gardens will be full, too.
Do you have plans for a garden this year?