Last night the family had gone out to round up the lambs for slaughter. It was a bit frustrating. These aren't the sheep that go willingly to anything, we have even watched a very pregnant gal clear a 5 foot fence with room to spare. So capturing them has us getting creative and a bit sneaky. It was all very frustrating.
Large was a great help. After I grabbed a hoof, husband put the lead rope on him and Large dragged them of to the pen.
The first lamb was a large wooly/hair mix. Large grabbed the lead and tried hauling him off. The lamb spun him in circles for a moment. Large decided to grab the lamb's body between his knees and help show him the way in that manner.
After a few steps the lamb starts to bolt. Let me clarify that the lamb weighs more than my 6 ft tall 14 year old. The lamb knocked Large's knees out from under him. Large plopped down on the lamb, now mutton busting. I panicked a bit. Not because I was worried about Large but because the lamb might get away. Suddenly one of Larges hands come up, he is pointing out in front of him and he yells "Off to war!!" in a Monty Python sort of way.
I couldn't breath as I laughed.
Pastor Mike just left.
I guess some of you have no idea who Pastor Mike is. A quickly, he is one of my Husband motorcycle clients, he taught me to make soap, and he had his youth minister preform Husband and I's wedding as our gift.
Pastor Mike bought the six sheep. And when this man tells you that he was a sniper in Vietnam, it's no joke. I have never seen six shots so fast, all perfectly placed, into a roaming body. The man is good. He brought his son-in-law with him. He's from Kenya and lives in OK now. From what I have heard, not only from Mike but some other sheep people, OK isn't a good place for sheep this year. A lot to do with the drought I guess. But when he heard we ad sheep, the son-in-law was excited. He missed eating lamb.
We were talking the entire 10 seconds it took Pastor Mike to to shoot the sheep (took 10seconds because he had stopped and asked a lamb to look at him), and the s-i-l was telling me that our sheep don't look like what he saw normally in Kenya. Just then my wooly mamma walks around the corner. He pointed at her and told me that's the normal sheep he sees. So I explained the hair sheep to him. Explaining that these lambs are prized for their meat. It will be a nice treat for him.
I don't think the s-i-l has actually butchered anything before. My guess is that he has bought all his meat at market. When Pastor Mike handed him the knife, he was hesitant about it. Starring at the knife, then looking at Pastor Mike, then the knife again. Pastor Mike laughed and told him to start slitting throats.
We threw them in the truck and I asked Pastor Mike if he would be interested in coming out and helping butcher some cows. He said yes, then asked how much I wanted for a whole cow. I told him it really depended on the weight, some our smaller than others. We walked out to the field and I showed him who we have slatted for butcher.
He chose X, and he payed full price. Full price people! That makes me feel a lot better about selling 6 sheep for the price of 1. He didn't haggle about it. Maybe because he knows why we have to do this. Why we sold the sheep so cheap, and he was willing to help us out. Even buying X cheaper would have helped us out as we don't have all that freezer space.
The plan is to start the butchering after the 7th of November. Every Monday we will process 1 cow. If you are interested in coming out, let me know.