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Slaughterhouse issues

 
Mike Martin
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Since Bill Mollison wrote "Omnivorous diets make the best use of complex natural systems", Permaculture practitioners may have their beneficial animals and eat them too. The obvious place to convert living creatures to forms convenient for cooking is near food preparation and storage. However, that process is going to generate sounds and smells which are certain to stress the domestic animals and attract predators. Obviously, cleanliness is critical, but I've never encountered any guidance on how to not freak out the stock and draw coyotes and such even more strongly than mere concentration of potential prey. Can anyone provide successful slaughterhouse design and management techniques from personal experience?
 
R Scott
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WASTE NOTHING!!! Harvest every possible bit for yourself, feed pets and livestock, and compost anything else in an already hot pile.

Scale/density matters. If you are harvesting one or two large animals a year on 80 acres is very different than a rabbit or chicken every couple days in a backyard.

Stock doesn't really freak out if you are calm. Not to get too dark, but look at the trains to Auschwitz--people stayed calm; animals aren't that different.

Paul has a couple good videos on animal harvest. Farmstead Meatsmith really has a good one on large animals.
 
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