Although goats can have very long lactations, which means they do not need to be bred every year in order to produce milk, there are times when breeding occurs, in order for us to obtain milk from our goats.  We do not take the kids off the mothers at 3 days or 3 weeks of age, preferring to wait until a more suitable weaning age, before beginning milking.  The dilemma then arises as to what to do with the kids.  We castrate the bucklings at a couple of weeks old, and they are then generally grown on for meat.  The processing occurs on site, so there is minimal stress to the animal.  Usually they are eating breakfast, and do not know what has just occurred, when we end their lives.  The reality for us is, that if we eat meat, then we must be prepared to take responsibility for that.  It does mean the end of a life.  We raise our animals with love, care and respect, and we end their lives in the same manner, and with gratitude for the sustenance they will provide our family.  Each piece of the carcass is dealt with respectfully, and we do not allow any waste.  Last year we processed Annabelle’s two buck kids, and tomorrow we will be doing the same again.  Here are some photos of the process from 2011.

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breakfast, as usual

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skinning

After a few days hanging in the cool room, I cut, vacuum seal and freeze the meat.

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hanging

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cutting up

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vacuum sealed goat meat

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I also love to make sausages!

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