How to Butcher a Homestead-Raised Hog

A guide on how to butcher a homestead-raised hog. Leading your hogs to slaughter isn't as difficult as you might think, especially when heeding the advice of how one enterprising pig farmer combines experience and know-how.



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Generally speaking, it's best to slaughter hogs at an outdoor site that's close to both the pig's pen and to the location where you plan to scald and gut the animal.
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Diagram: Butchering setup.
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Diagram: Hoisting arrangements for the hog.
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Diagram: Parts of a hog for butchering.
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Diagram: Hanging the hog carcass.
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Diagram: Sticking the hog.
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