Hog killing class gets a really nice writeup from CFSA

You may have noticed that I stopped posting pictures from our hog class a while back. The reason is, some of our followers, who love us and love our food, just weren’t excited to see hog parts on their daily feed (Hi Kelsey). While knowing your food and your farmer is very important, I think we can put the killing in it’s own box for a while. I’ve uploaded the rest of the pictures to the gallery so anyone who wants to see the details from our class can scroll to their hearts content. Everyone else can use our feed to stay up on what is happening currently.

Old time hog killing class
Your author Thomas, on class day.

Just because we’ve stopped posting pictures doesn’t mean we have given up on our hog class. Thomas Locke, from CFSA attended our class and fully participated. He also went home and wrote up a very nice article on the class and posted it on CFSA’s website. I can’t thank Thomas enough for his and CFSA’s support of our farm. If you aren’t familiar with CFSA, they are a great organization that is behind a lot of what we enjoy in our vibrant farming community.

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Getting the anus cut out without making a mess is always a challenge. Here we are just being successful. NCPSC0400

The only thing we “wasted” on this pig. We did not clean the intestines and use them for sausage. We did donate the innards to the wildlife on the farm who ate well that night. NCPSC0407

This was a tricky bit because we were dumping the innards while trying to save the liver and kidneys and also the heart and lungs for anatomy class. NCPSC0425Success! A clean cavity ready to wash out and then split.


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For the cleanup of the hog I tried to do as much as possible except for the scraping. Once we got into butchery I tried to let the students do as much as they wanted. NCPSC0355 NCPSC0360

Here we are separating the bladder and urethra from the hog. This is a careful process because you don’t want to get peed on at this point. This part was also pretty funny because I was so focused on safety, pictures, overall impact on students, etc. that when asked if this pig was a male or female I answered female while we were cutting off his male bits. Not my smartest moment. 🙂NCPSC0381Separating the anus while trying to not get pooped on. This is the delicate bit. Once this is done, it’s pretty easy work.


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NCPSC0263Getting to workNCPSC0268First we take off the head. It went to our friend at the Mexican farmers market, who was quite happy to have it for a gift. NCPSC0277Not quite so delicate work.NCPSC0281The final product, ready to be cleaned up and taken to the market.


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The blood, ready to go into the fridge and keep for blood sausage later in the day.NCPSC0231

One Lehman’s scraper, well used. NCPSC0235A pure pink pig, ready to move into the shop for the next part.