Ward House

He is ready

He being our steer.  Ready meaning he is about 27 months old, weights in at 1400 lbs, and is ready to visit the abattoir.  We spoke to two different abattoirs and decided on T&E Meats.  The price is based on hanging weight, not on the hoof, and for vacuum packed beef, we will pay 65 cents/lb.  The other abattoir charges 40 cents/lb, which would save some cash yet they have a very restricted schedule and we have heard from others that one really needs to be mindfull and VERY specific (make sure we receive what we requested).  I was very impressed with Joe with T&E; he explained everything including, I needed to get the birth records for the steer.  For beef that are 30+ months old they are required to dispose of the back bone as mad cow cooties live there.  Because steer mature at different rates, without the birth records proving he is under 30 months old, if he has his 4 permanent incisors, they will have to treat him as a 30+ steer and all our cuts will be boneless.

Part of what I would like to keep from this steer is the kidney fat to try my hand at making soap;  Seven Trees has a great article about tallow.  Soap is not discussed in this article, though some other great ideas are discussed.

My window at work

To help pay for this steer, the Belarus is for sale.  She’s kinda big for our .5 acres and that cash can be put to use elsewhere.

Ronnie has also mentioned, upon his return, that he is going to sell his motorcycle; we’ll see if that thought is still in his head once he returns from his Myrtle beach trip with his brother.  Hopefully they will have better weather than we; it is forecast to rain all this week!!  And here I was concerned that it was going to be a dry hot summer!!

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