We butchered our first goat kid today. I am really looking forward to more after tonight's dinner! We tried a couple of chops, the heart and the liver. I liked the liver best, hubby the heart and chops and kids the chops. Here are the stats:
It was a Nubian kid, just about seven months old. Live weight, about 68 lbs. Hanging weight, 37 lbs. Weight of all the meat with many bone in cuts and some stew meat, 26.5 lbs. I'm not sure how this recovery compares to what others have experienced. Hopefully it's good. :)
I can't wait to try some more. My friend from Puerto Rico is going to make curried goat with me. Yummy!
We're having the hide tanned this time, and hopefully we can make something pretty with it, or else just drape it over a chair or something.
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Here's a tip I learned from a friend who has butchered a lot of goats: The hide is really hard to remove. A way to make it easier is to use an air compressor with an air nozzle with some plastic tubing attached to it. Just 8 inches or so of tubing would be fine. Make a small hole in the skin of a back leg, and blow the hide up. Really, it just blows right up. Repeat with the other leg. The hide is really nicely loosened that way, and while you still have to finesse it a bit, it works a lot easier. Do this blowing up procedure after slitting the throat to bleed the goat out, and before doing anything else.