We always buy a lamb from him. But we had found him a lot of new customers, and this year he offered us a 5 year- old mutton ewe free if we did the butchering and cleaning ( we are also buying a lamb). As Peculiar and Mrs P were also down to get a bunch of lamb for the Santa Fe contingent we decided to make it a day.
After quickly dispatching the ewe with a .22 and bleeding it out we hung it from an ingenious stand made by Pete.
It made skinning much easier.
A Saws- All makes cutting off the lower legs or cutting through the ribs easy too.
Mrs P proffers a tray of organ meats (Mr P calls this photo "Cocktail waitress").
As a storm comes roaring in, Pete sends out a collie to bring the sheep in. They are visible as a white streak at the bottom of the hill. They came RUNNING.
(All pics courtesy Andrew Jackson Frishman)