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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 2:12 am    Post subject: Whole pig or cow? Reply with quote

A neighbor down the street from me has a small pig and cow farm. He said he would sell me a big ass cow for 400 bux. He said a big pig would go for around 250 to 300 bux.

Question 1) Anyone have info on how to cut it up?

Question 2) How big of a freezer would you need for a big ass cow?

It sounds like a great deal, but i have no idea how to cut it up.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would have a local meat market cut it up for you. It is worth the aggravation. As far as the freezer…. How big is a cow??? That’s almost how big a freezer you will need. A big cow requires a really big freezer or about 8 friends with empty freezers. Your best bet is to find some friends to go into the price of the cow together. Split the cow and the cost and be happy.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had 2 pigs we raised at one time. We sent them to a meat processing plant/slaughterhouse....they cut them up into chops, and the usual stuff for us. We had to rent freezer space at a meat market type place to store it.
They let us trade some of the organ meats/liver mush (yiccckkkk) for other things.

Maybe it is a country thing Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 2:50 am    Post subject: Hog - Cow Queation Reply with quote

Blitz,

Having butchered up some of both I can tell you that if you have never done it DON'T TRY IT. It's quite a mess and you will have lots of mystery cuts if you dont know what you are doing plus bone chips ect. I agree with the rest use a butcher. But before you drag a cow or pig to the butcher let him set up the specifics with the farmer. They are quite picky on whose livestock they cut up (mad cow disease). I have a large upright freezer and a 230# live weight hog will fill up over half of that.

A cow will require about 2 weeks of hang time so there might be a holding fee for that. I guess to wrap things find out what the total charges will from kill to delivery price before you start this adventure. But, I can tell you there is nothing better than the fresh hog and sausage that I make every Feburary and eat all year.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 3:08 am    Post subject: Big ass cow Reply with quote

How old is this cow? Is it a cow, bull, Hefier,Steer.What breed is is? Is it an old dried up milk cow or a old bull that is dried up !!! These are what you need to ask also. You don't want any thing over 500 lbs or 18 months old.( Farm boy here).As for the pig. Sow? Boar? Same type of questions as with the cow. Are the breed and raised in the same place? Or did they come from an auction? Lots of differt things affect the out come of the final product. And yes use a butcher . Its a lot of work and lots of things that need to be discarded and not just in a trash bag!! Good luck.......


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's some great advice, guys. I appreciate it. I'll have to have a chat with the farmer. I'll keep you all updated.

Thanks again, brothers.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 4:16 am    Post subject: Big Ass Cow Reply with quote

The Blitz Man,
Big Ass Cow? I do not know how big a freezer it would take, but I'll go across the street and ask the guy over there. He is married to one.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Ed, I needed the chuckle! Laughing Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was a good one Ed.. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LMAO Ed Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice kickassbbq. Nice site too! Lots of info.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the laugh Ed Laughing , that was good!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed;

I'm still laughing ...and it's a day After I read 'Yer "Big Ass Cow"
post!

thanks 'fer the fun! Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL...................very good ED..............
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20 06 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a fellow in our area that has a truck setup as a portable slaughterhouse and just parks it in your yard and goes to work. Has the portable hottub for the hogs and everything. Check with the ranchers in your area and see if there is one.

We have some fatass cows around here also. Very Happy
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