Home Butchering Picture Tutorial (Steer)

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    Well, the weather here has cooled down nicely and we have had the top highs around 50 this week and lows in the 20s or so. So when I saw the forecast I decided it was time to butcher the steer. A beef really should hang in cool temps for at LEAST 2 or 3 days. Ideally this would be in a cooler that you could keep at around 30-33 degrees and hang them for several days but not many of us have access to one of these so I just wait for the weather to be as close to this as possible. We shot and butchered (skinned, gutted, and split) the steer Wed., and tomorrow (Sat we will be cutting (cutting up into steaks, roasts, etc.) the carcass.

    I have built a 'gallows' to hang animals from for butchering and got a chain hoist for raising them but a heavy tree limb or a heavy beam in a barn or whatever works fine also, for things like pigs and such even a kids swing set works and the timber type might work for the bigger critters if its tall enough. If none of this is available it can still be done on the ground. I did this one hanging the whole time but, especially for a beef, it is common to do the skinning by putting it on its back and using blocks of wood to keep it in place with the feet straight up then skin down as far as you can then roll it to one side and skin to or just past the back bone then flip it to the other side (using the skin as a blanket to lay it on) and skin from the other side to get it off.

    So keep in mind that even if you don't have the same set up that I do, neither did I when I started off and the way I do it is just that, the way I do it, there are other ways it can be done based on what you have and whats easiest for you, this is just to give you the basic idea of what needs to get done regardless of how you choose to do it.

    So, lets get started with the beef.
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    Here are the supplies you need for the butchering portion (killing, skinning, gutting, splitting, hanging).

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    ***WARNING***

    This would be an appropriate spot for a safety warning. I don't care if you use a .50 BMG to shoot them with and hit the sweet spot, the nerves and muscle's WILL NOT DIE INSTANTLY! As long as you hit the right spot they will not be in any pain as the brain will be destroyed (if they start to get their feet under them trying to get up you missed the spot or had a bad angle and ricocheted off the skull or something, shoot them again). They will drop like a sack of rocks and may be still for several seconds or even a minute but they WILL 'kick out' or violently kick and thrash as the nerves and muscles die. BE VERY CAREFUL AROUND THE ANIMAL FOR AT LEAST 10 MINUTES!!! Even though they are gone and cant aim a kick or horn the can still do a LOT of damage by kicking you, also a good reason NOT to kill them in the bed of a truck, had a friend get the bed of his truck destroyed by doing that with a pig that kicked it to pieces.
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    Keeping this in mind, you want to get the animal 'stuck' (the throat cut) as soon as possible since the time while it thrashes will also help to pump out the blood and get it bled out good. You can set a knee on the muzzle and hold an ear, it wont necessarily hold it in place but will at least help warn you when it starts to flop, just be as careful as you can, avoid the feet and horns and be ready to jump back as needed.
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    If you don't have a gamble you can use a heavy stick with good rope tied to each end or one method I have used was a piece of galvanized pipe with a cable through it then tie the legs to the ends. The best one I have had is a piece of re-bar bent at each end then the middle with another piece of re-bar welded on as a brace across the bottom, its the one in the pics if you want to make one but remember to have the top and up turned ends all one piece and the bottom just a brace to hold the sides apart so the welds don't have to support the weight.

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    MM, I can use the burner now, I think I have it sorted out. The only remaining problem is text, I don't have a way to directly caption the pix. Even with dialup, for this effort, winter is here, and I'll have some time to let things download, so if you or another monkey can add the captions and post them or e-mail them, I'll burn happily along. Once the first CD is burned, copying however many are needed is an easy thing, and willingly done. Alternatively, if anyone can tell me how to use either Paint or Paintshop to do it, I'll add captions here.
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    Now start at the middle of the skinned area on the bottom (closest to the nose) and skin down to the nose and around to the slit in the throat.

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    continued...

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    The main thing for that will be when I can get a copy of that book sent to you since I cant get a scanner to run on here. I figured I could send you a copy of it and let you scan it onto here then any of us that want to could download it. I dont think there would be any copyright issues since for one it was an advertisement so I would figure it would only help them, besides that its not available anymore and hasnt been in print since about 1950. As I get this done I figure I will add the beef and maybe a rabbit on here then finish the CD by adding chickens and pigs and probably some recipees and such and offer the whole thing for sale for probably $10-$15. I know Tina was in the process of copying the book, Ill have to see if she got it finished and if so Ill see about sending you a copy.
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    Now you can tie off the rectum or not and insert it into the cavity. I lost the pic but you would also slit the skin the full length of the tail.

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    Like so...

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