First Beef in the freezer

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minnie
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First Beef in the freezer

Postby minnie » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:01 am

Well we've at last sent off (last week) a bull (13months old) and a steer (2 years old) and it's hanging at the butchers. We'll pack etc next week so that it hangs for nearly two weeks.

I spoke to the butcher yesterday and the fat results were what we hoped for - the bull 2mm (bulls don't have much fat cover, so we wouldn't do this again), and the steer who had been so thin had 6mm fat cover which is what Coles want for all their organic beef.

All in all, happy with how the process went and pleased that we ended up going via the abattoir.

Next will be to see how the tenderness is... fingers crossed.

Vicki

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Re: First Beef in the freezer

Postby Shadowgirlau » Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:33 am

Well done Vicki, shall keep my fingers crossed that you get the tenderness results you are hoping for.

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Re: First Beef in the freezer

Postby Heidi » Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:12 pm

Hi Vicki,
Glad it worked out well (well for you anyway, not necessarily the beasts! :roll: ).

Can you tell me the breeding of the bull and steer? A picture to help gauge live weight v. dressed weight would be great if you have one.

Thanks,
Heidi

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Re: First Beef in the freezer

Postby minnie » Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:19 am

Hi Heidi,

Both were PB dexters, I have a feed comparison photo that I'll put up... unfortunately I didn't get one just before they went as each time I grabbed the photo it rained.

Should get the live weight on the abattoir tag I think?

Will be going to the butchers next week, so will take photos there as well.
:D
Vicki

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Re: First Beef in the freezer

Postby Mojojo » Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:52 pm

Sounds goods Vicki. Hope your freezer is big :)

What did the 13 mo bull carcass weight come in at?

We just bought another side for the freezer, a small one, to get us through to this time next year when we will have our own for the first time. :)
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Re: First Beef in the freezer

Postby minnie » Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:16 pm

Hi Jo,

Don't know the weights yet, just got the fat cover... the bull (13 mth) didn't have much so won't be as good eating as the steer with his 6mm of fat cover. Also don't know about marbling, but I'm not mad on too much marbling (something I didn't like about American beef when there many moons ago).

When I get all the info and some photos I'll put them up for you, with your dexters.

We hope not to have a bull for the freezer again and it was only that we missed castrations and dehorning in the last year that he got through.
:D
Vicki


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