Because of the freezing, we had to haul water out to the cows. When I say we, I mean Husband. I took Large to see The Green Hornet (IMAX 3d, awesome. First time I have been to a movie theater in 10 years, and the first 3D movie I have seen in longer than that. My eyes are odd and I can't see 3D even with my glasses on, but the technology has come a long way and I could actually see it. The movie itself wasn't the greatest, but the 2 clips that the movie theater shows of 2 shuttle launches was incredible. At the end of those clips, a young boy called out "That was awesome!" we all giggled in agreement).
I digress, Husband decided to haul water while I was gone. He worked for 3 hours, filling a wheel barrel with water by the house and dumping it out near the barn. Needless to say he was slightly grumpy when we returned home. The de-icer seems to work intermittently and that is causing the issues we are having. It can't keep up when it works in this manner. And we still haven't hit what is traditionally the coldest month of the year.
Yesterday Husband and I did a few run around chores. We decided to stop by the local Locker. Turns out it was a good thing to do. They are booked until Feb of 2012, but just happened to have a cancellation. Udies will go in on Feb 8th.
The price surprised us,. For full processing it would cost $0.55 per lb hanging weight. We had been hearing quotes of over $1 per pound elsewhere. And it would cost us the hide as well. Husband almost walked out at that point. The hide was a deal breaker, no matter how cheap the processing fee is. Our first butchered bull, we want to keep it, as husband wants to make it into a blanket as the winter hair is full and thick. The Locker said we can buy the hide back for $20. We talked with him for a bit, letting him know that the only reason we are going to use a locker is that we have no way of hanging Undies. This is were the Locker man informed us that for $50 they will kill, hang and cut into quarters.
Turns out for this, they will take an animal at anytime, no need for a set appointment. As it doesn't take as much time. We decided to go ahead and keep our appointment, but it is a good thing to know. I will need to make an appointment for Winston for next year while I am in there with Undies.
Husband says that we can purchase a meat band-saw with the money we save by doing our own cuts of meat. With think someone stole our saws all. There has been many thefts in the area, so it wouldn't surprise me at all. We can't find it, so we are assuming. The meat saw Husband is looking at costs about the same as the saws all, but comes with a grinder attachment.
Now that will make an interesting conversation piece for my kitchen.