This is a very intimate, intensive, hands-on workshop focused on minimal stress slaughter techniques, skinning and gutting small ruminants in an on-farm setting and utilizing as much of the animal as possible. There will be plenty of discussion and demonstration, but mostly this is a learn-by-doing workshop.
Participants will have the opportunity to take home organs, pelts, and other non-muscle parts with advice on how to preserve and prepare them. The workshop will be all day about one week before the fair to allow time to hang carcasses. There will be a required meeting Saturday evening to plan for the next days processing which will start very early to avoid competition with yellow jackets. Participants are invited to camp on the farm Saturday night.
Spaces are very limited so participants get to process at least half of an animal on their own and receive very focused instruction. If you raise animals and want to learn to process them yourself, this is the class for you.