Since the goats decided to start acting crazy during hunting season, we can’t find anyone to butcher them for us until Thanksgiving or later, so we’ll have to do it ourselves. My main concern is cutting wrong and spoiling the carcass. But it is a bridge we’ll be leaping in the next week or so. It was certainly on our list to learn to process goats, sheep and poultry for personal use– it is worth knowing how to do all the small animals, as they can easily be done solo with enough practice. We just didn’t expect to *have* to do it ourselves or else have no goat meat.
This is partially a regulatory problem, separate from the goats’ bad timing since we got the big mean sheep that make them fretful. At least right now they are finally staying put instead of scampering around taunting the neighbors’ giant dogs and dancing in the street.