No,not a wedding,not that kind of big day...
The day finally arrived to take our ten little furry critters to the meat processor....while I am somewhat sad at this event,at the same time,this little project has given us a renewed sense of respect for where at least some of our food comes from.
I've bought beef and pork direct from farmers,and honestly,you can't get a better cut of meat than that from farm direct animals....well,except maybe venison....
I have not,until now,raised my own meat animals,so this is an entirely new adventure for us on our little somewhat urban homestead.
We got them 6 weeks ago,at 6 weeks of age,we didn't raise these litters,but that's our next step in the whole process,as soon as we get a tad bit more organized.
How am I going to feel when we sit down to a meal in which one of these is the main course?I'm not really sure yet.I mean,I've had rabbit meat before,and it's quite enjoyable.However,taking the live animals in to meet their doom is a first for me.
I'm going to quote what our vet said a while back... "You have to have a certain amount of respect for the fact that the animal is going to give it's life to feed you." I think he was spot on when he said that.It doesn't matter if it's a rabbit,or a beef cow...we owe it to them to treat them with respect.
I think that is where we are right now.We've taken good care of them,kept them fed,watered,given them treats,kept them clean....that's about the best you can do for an animal that is destined for your dinner plate.
As I am writing this,we're waiting for the phone call to come pick up the freezer ready rabbit meat.....
So what do you think about raising your own?Could you do it? Would you be able to do the deed yourself,or would you take them in and let someone else do it?(Did I mention my husband chickened out on that part,hence why we took them in to a pro?)