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Re: Taking to the butcher-day before or day of slaughter

Post by Hpacres440p » Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:45 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
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My guy shoots them on my trailer.
I don't think the little stress they get when they are being shipped affects the meat like if they are really wild cattle and are stressed from the minute you walk in the field to catch them!! Those that are jumping fences & bouncing off walls are more the type to be "dark cutters" IMHO.
So, with that said, if I can load them fairly easily, same day is better option because they aren’t hanging out in a strange place overnight, correct? An hour of adrenaline is better than 16...I wonder if anyone has ever done a “time limit” study-is 16 hours ok but 48 causes the dark cutters, etc.



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Re: Taking to the butcher-day before or day of slaughter

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:16 pm

IMO - if they are not nut cases and this is a "good" processing plant, they should be fine either way.
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Re: Taking to the butcher-day before or day of slaughter

Post by Bestoutwest » Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:48 pm

We have always done same day drop off. I think we're up to 8 or 9 at this point. No one has ever complained about the meat, we get rave reviews. I think we'll move to have them done on the place, but I need to find a place that I like. My neighbor had some pigs done at his place a few weeks ago. I turned the corner and there's one all covered in blood convulsing from the shot. Took a good 45+ seconds to stop and get the mail, and the thing was still going. I would think that might have a more detrimental effect than penning overnight.
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Re: Taking to the butcher-day before or day of slaughter

Post by Hpacres440p » Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:29 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:16 pm
IMO - if they are not nut cases and this is a "good" processing plant, they should be fine either way.
I called the processor, they pen by individual customers. He said the biggest possible issue is that sometimes they have hogs processing at the same time, and the cattle won’t leave the trailer until the hogs are moved out of sight. I think, for ease of transport and to not feel rushed, we’ll take them the day before. I’d hate to have a preventable rodeo from being in a time crunch morning of. Thanks for the replies. By then, also, the jittery steer will be hopefully so used to associating people with food that he’ll be less spooky.

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Re: Taking to the butcher-day before or day of slaughter

Post by MurraysMutts » Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:33 pm

We have also taken the day before. Mostly for the reasons you just mentioned. Never had any problems, except for the one nutcase that should've been dog food.
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Re: Taking to the butcher-day before or day of slaughter

Post by Bestoutwest » Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:36 pm

Hpacres440p wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:29 pm
Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:16 pm
IMO - if they are not nut cases and this is a "good" processing plant, they should be fine either way.
I called the processor, they pen by individual customers. He said the biggest possible issue is that sometimes they have hogs processing at the same time, and the cattle won’t leave the trailer until the hogs are moved out of sight. I think, for ease of transport and to not feel rushed, we’ll take them the day before. I’d hate to have a preventable rodeo from being in a time crunch morning of. Thanks for the replies. By then, also, the jittery steer will be hopefully so used to associating people with food that he’ll be less spooky.
We train them to grain. Then we put the bin in the alley leading up to the trailer. We'll back the trailer up and put the grain in there for a few days. If we have one that we don't particularly trust, we use a bin with a string tied to it. Put grain in a bin at the foot of the trailer, then some in the bin in the trailer. When they start showing interest to getting in the trailer, we slowly pull the string and they'll go right in.
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