It is a hard fact of life on a farm for folks who raise animals to stock their own pantry or freezer. Today we butchered a sow for freezer.
First she was put down quickly.
Hung her up
Skinned her; she was over 300 lbs.
As you can see she is as long as my hubby is tall.
She had lots of Manteca (lard) as you can see. Now I am cooling the meat before cutting it into package size bags for the deep freezer. We have another sow that will be ready this fall just in time to replace what we use of this one. In June/July, our older lazy hens will join the fray. Our animals are all well fed and taken care of; we teach our children to respect our animals who in turn give us meat.