If you have a goat, you’ll want to know how to butcher it properly. Goats are raised primarily for meat in the United States and Canada, so you should be aware of the proper methods of butchery. Generally, the goat’s throat is cut without cutting the arteries or veins. Before you begin, consult a specialist if you’re unsure of the proper methods. The wrong cuts can make the animal twitch and run around its territory, so you should be prepared to work quickly. In addition, shallow incisions do not cause fast death, and tying the goat’s esophagus with a thin rope helps minimize bleeding and pain.
Goats’ skins should be kept at a temperature of +8degC, and should be stored away from light sources. There are three grades of cuts to choose from when butchering a goat. Grade 1 includes the scapular part (20%), the rib cage, and the dorsal and pelvic-lumbar bones. Grade 2 consists of the neck, back shank, and knuckle with forearm.
The first step in butchering a goat is preparing the goat’s carcass. The goat’s skeleton is first cleaned of blood and mucus. Then, the meat is divided into two or four parts, separated by limbs. You can butcher the meat yourself, or you can hire a butcher or professional butcher. To make the process easier, gather the necessary tools and equipment.
Next, skinning a goat requires a careful approach. The process is similar to gutting a lamb or deer. Start by making an incision near the anus, but take care not to puncture the intestines. Then work your way backward from the neck to the tail, keeping the cavity clean. Once the hide is ready, hang the carcass for 24 hours. Once it is cool, shave it.
Some people choose to hang their goats by their hind legs to dry them out. This is unnecessary and cruel, as it will result in rapid draining of blood from the meat. Ultimately, this practice is not only inhumane, but it also reduces the yield of the meat. If you’re unsure of the best methods for butchering a goat, watch the video above to learn the process.
Before you begin butchering a goat, make sure you understand its anatomy. Goats have a similar process to sheep. The difference is that goats have pointed horns and can defend themselves by using their horns. Similarly, the methods used for butchering a sheep or a goat are similar. To butch a goat, use a gun with a small caliber bullet, and make sure it hits the brain.
If you want to sell your goat for meat, it’s important to know how much of the carcass is edible. Goat carcasses will usually yield around 50% of the original carcass weight. In other words, an 80 pound goat will have hanging weight of around 40 pounds. You’ll have to trim it to achieve the desired meat weight. The higher the percentage, the higher the meat yield. However, goats with dairy genes have smaller hanging weights, so a higher hanging weight will yield more meat.