Saturday, March 8, 2008

Many Hands Make Light Work(well sorta)

Today was meat cutting day at Alfred & Minnie McCracken's (Alans PA & MA). We woke up at the ridiculous hour of 7:00 am, to Alan trying to heard the cows back up to our house. It seems that someone left the electric fence down and they decided to tootle off to the feed yard 1/2 mile from our place. So after that exciting start to our day, we headed to mom & dads.

We grow our own beef and process it ourselves with Randy & Cheri, Roger & Cendie, Mom & Dad & assorted childern. We have been doing this for several years now and every year we dread it. But when its all finished we are so happy to have a freezer full of fresh beef. Plus with so many people working on it, we get things done pretty quickly.

This year we butchered Thomas. He was a little bull that we have raised since birth, Alex named him after Thomas the tank Engine. But he had gotten a little onry so it was his time to go (watch out kids). He was a fun little calf but will be a great tasting hamburger. We worked from 9 to about 2 with a break in there for lunch. We split the meat between the four families. Now we are home and exhausted and ready for a nap.

7 comments:

Chantel said...

What a fun day! That didn't take too long, and now you will enjoy having the meat for a while. It's fun to be able to get togather with the brethern. Your kids will have great memories of days like this.

Mrs.Martin said...

Enjoyed reading your blog this morning JoAnn. I have to admit it sounds like fun and a good tradition with your family and brethren. Good memories.

michelle said...

Sounds like you guys had lot of fun.I don't think I could handle all that raw meat and the smell .I don't like to even repack my meat when I buy it at town in big packs it just kind of turns my stomache.

Jules said...

I think that is great that you guys do that. At least you KNOW that your beef is good that way :)

Cherrie said...

I would so love to have fresh meat in my freezer. We enjoy our deer when Lee brings one home. Glad to see you have a blog.

skylene said...

Howdy JoAnn. I found your comment off of my blog. I'm glad that you are starting a blog. This is such a fun way to keep up with people. As soon as Aunt Sylvia is past the crisis in her life I am going to try to convince her again to have one.

meNmykids said...

I wish we could be doing that too. I would love to grow our own meat. I'm sure that Thomas will be yummy!