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burning the hair off butcher goat

 
Leah Sattler
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we had a gentleman buy and butcher a wether yesterday at our place. instead of skinning it he burned the hair off! I had never seen that done before and was surprised to conclude that it seems to be a cleaner way of doing it. No bits of hair floating around while quartering it. he took everything but the intestines practically! makes me feel so bad for wasting so much just because its a pain. next time I'll at least freeze it to feed to the dogs.
 
Susan Monroe
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Did you mean to feed the skin to the dogs

Do you think that's a good idea, when you have both goats and dogs on your property?

How did he burn the hair off, with a propane torch?

Sue
 
Leah Sattler
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he cooks it and eats it with the skin on (I wouldn't). I will feed innards to the dogs but Idon't want them chewing on a skin for weeks and I as of yet do not attempt to tan/preserve them.

I guess I don't see why the presence of goats and dogs matters we burn stuff all the time. do you mean if i were to feed the skin to the dogs would it make them want to eat the goats? they want to eat the goats anyway, they don't have to be trained to or get a taste of them first or something. Thankfully the only one of my dogs that has a clue about how to kill a largeish animal would be cody, my wolf dog, and he is way too old and arthritic to hunt down much of anything. the others would eat one if they found one dead or seriously injured I think but  mostly just think its fun to watch the goats scatter and run. since I have the ponies though any dogs that go in with the goats get a taste of their own medicine. you would be surprised how fast a dog can run wth its tail tucked up so hard its under its chin

yes he used a propane torch and lighter fluid and he ran out, borrowed some GASOLINE! I think if I were to do it I would just use the torch. It would also probably be better/faster if it was done with the summer coat, I think it took longer then he was expecting because of the thick wooly undercoat.
 
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Yes, I was thinking about the dogs getting a 'taste' for goat.  Like people say a dog will chase a chicken just because it runs, kill it and then eat it, and gets into the habit.

Why do guys always use gasoline? Gasoline to remove hair from a goat, to start a fire, etc.  There are so many things safer than gasoline.

Sue
 
Leah Sattler
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I think they secretely want it to go boom my husband worked for 1/2 an hour with gas trying to get a big burn pile going a few months ago. it would just flare up then die out. finally he said he gave up. so that was when I finally got to go in and started it with a lighter and a napkin slowly feeding it bigger stuff. I think I hurt his manhood.

I'm sure habits can be formed in such a way with the dogs. but simply feeding them meat or animal parts isn't the same or no one would own dogs and livestock. even the lgd's are often fed the scraps of the animals they protect. as for the chickens  it has to be mostly just fun. until I picked up this little wild dog that actually had to kill and eat animals to survive, my dogs just killed and plucked the chickens just like they would pull the stuffing out of their toys er or the couch......

I had some freinds over a while back and Mango (little wild dog) was wrestling and playing in the house with another dog. she had, hours before, killed a chicken and helped to totally consume it. (teaching my other dogs to actually eat it in the process...huh- you EAT it too?)she jumped up on the couch next to my freind and puked a nice neat 10 inch sausage like tube of chicken bones and feathers beside him. gee. sorry about that.
 
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Oh, wasn't that cute!

I had a young dog that had cleaned out the 'Almond Rocas' in the cat's litter box, then vomited directly into my SIL's purse.

Sue
 
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