How big a share of the meat do you get for slaughtering the ram?
I actually got the entire carcass, minus the hide, which the farmers kept and were planning to send off to a tannery.
Danny and I pulled about eight or nine pounds of meat off the carcass for, and we fed the rest to the pups (who have been absolutely elated by this, as they haven’t been allowed to gorge on anything bigger than a rabbit since I got back from Yellowstone!).
This was a pretty small ram, likely around 110 pounds live weight, and over the course of two days, the dogbeasts have reduced it to a rib cage with part of the spine attached (and, of course, the stomach, which they never eat). The heart, liver, kidneys, etc. were all the first things to go, as usual.
Jude has randomly decided that he is going to start claiming leg bones as his own by caching them in one corner of the dog run and not allowing any of the rest of us near them. Goober.
Aside from the meat I pulled off the carcass, I also got about three pounds of pure fat out of the ram, which has already been rendered into tallow for candles that will be listed on Etsy soon. The crackling (solid tissue matter left over after all the grease has been melted out of the fat pieces) makes for excellent dog treats and I’ll be using those for training purposes.
One carcass can go a long way for us here, so getting an opportunity like this, especially in lean times, is really important.