Last week I spent the morning with a man named Tucker. Tucker has a mobile slaughterhouse business that tailors to small farmers all across Northern California. He fills an important niche and if it wasn’t for Tucker and his truck, many small farmers would be forced into the corporate slaughterhouse system which can be complicated, expensive & simply not attainable for many. It is important to point out that this process is very humane and much more sustainable on many levels than the typical process. The animal often does not need to travel before the slaughter, a process that can create tension and ultimately a less desirable product.
Thank you Tucker for allowing me to spend time with you and learn about your interesting business.
I recognize that these are sensitive images, so I would like to take a quick moment to explain a process for dressing an animal. This information is based simply on what I saw so maybe be somewhat inaccurate.
1 – First the hardest part, downing the animal with one bullet.
2 – Releasing all the blood with a small incision on the neck
3 – Place the animal in a bath of scolding hot water and scrub all the hair off
4 – Place on a table and scrub the remaining hard to reach places
5 – hang the animal upside and remove the organs
6 – split the animal in half
7 – The animal is now ready to be broken down into smaller portions and Tucker’s work is done.
Below are a few images from this process. PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE IMAGES CONTAIN SENSITIVE MATERIAL.