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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#16  Unread postby grumpy » Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:05 am


mystang89 wrote:Nice job Grumpy. You should also do a video on processing the rabbit.

I also laughed when I saw the note on the refrigerator. "Close the door dummy" lol.



Thanks mystang89:
Do you mean cutting one up?

That note on the door is for yours truly..LOL.
I've been guilty a time or two in "NOT" closing it.

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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#17  Unread postby fishbone » Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:02 pm


great instruction, well done.
i've been processing alot of wild rabbits, and going to start raising rabbits for meat.
you taught me some better methods, thx.

one thing i came up with after sticking my knife into the pee bladder was, i use a letter opener to open them up. works like a charm.

when you break there neck, are you give it a sharp twist to the side, or pulling straight down ?

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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#18  Unread postby grumpy » Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:35 pm


fishbone wrote:great instruction, well done.
i've been processing alot of wild rabbits, and going to start raising rabbits for meat.
you taught me some better methods, thx.

one thing i came up with after sticking my knife into the pee bladder was, i use a letter opener to open them up. works like a charm.

I make sure there's no internal "matter" from any of the organs that are allowed "outside" the organ itself. This video was produced to allow a processer to write protocols for his facility that meets USDA requirements. Those requirements include no internal organ contents touching and contaminating the meat.

when you break there neck, are you give it a sharp twist to the side, or pulling straight down ?

A straight pull sharply downwards dislocates (snaps) the neck and severs the spinal cord. No twist is required.


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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#19  Unread postby Planet Jr » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:55 pm


I use a Buck knife with a gut hook for that procedure. My long knife is a black handle Rapala filet knife.
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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#20  Unread postby mystang89 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:11 pm


grumpy wrote:Thanks mystang89:
Do you mean cutting one up?

That note on the door is for yours truly..LOL.
I've been guilty a time or two in "NOT" closing it.

grumpy.


Yep. Didn't know if you ever had to cut them up or if you just shipped them whole like that. I've used the Youtube vid from some guy whos name I can't remember (Helpful i know.) but I always like seeing if there are ways to improve.

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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#21  Unread postby TexanConnection » Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:28 pm


WOW! Im impressed, very professional.

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Do you have a bucket of ice water there for the carcase , heart, gall bladder,kidneys and liver? are there buyers for those "extra parts"?

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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#22  Unread postby grumpy » Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:35 am


TexanConnection wrote:WOW! Im impressed, very professional.

__________ Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:28 pm __________

Do you have a bucket of ice water there for the carcase , heart, gall bladder,kidneys and liver? are there buyers for those "extra parts"?


No ice water, but super cold right out of the spigot. LOL.
The gall gets thrown away. The giblets get sold with the rabbit.
Thanks for the compliment.

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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#23  Unread postby Owl » Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:10 pm


I appreciate the fact you took your time on the demonstration. Noobies will learn much more from this than if you did it quick fashion in 4 or 5 minutes. I know my uncle can break down a dozen rabbits in about an hour. But when I watch him he goes so fast I have a tough time learning what he is showing. Thanks again!!

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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#24  Unread postby skysthelimit » Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:11 am


grumpy wrote:
I make sure there's no internal "matter" from any of the organs that are allowed "outside" the organ itself. This video was produced to allow a processer to write protocols for his facility that meets USDA requirements. Those requirements include no internal organ contents touching and contaminating the meat.





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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#25  Unread postby katiebear » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:42 am


a lot f the dress out videos I.'ve seen are not hanging the carcase , one had it on a dressing table. It is necessary to hang?t :shock:The vied I saw made it look so easy especially the gutting. I think it was AZ bow hunter on this forum. looks like a couple of seconds.he processed on a wire table.....and a whole lot less messy..... please let me know as I am going to process my litter....3.bucks 5does my hubby likes to think he is tough but this is his first bunny litter :P . by the way we love you grumpy,we have read a lot of your posts and will follow you as long as you are here. :D

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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#26  Unread postby grumpy » Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:48 am


katiebear wrote:a lot f the dress out videos I.'ve seen are not hanging the carcase , one had it on a dressing table. It is necessary to hang?t :shock:The vied I saw made it look so easy especially the gutting. I think it was AZ bow hunter on this forum. looks like a couple of seconds.he processed on a wire table.....and a whole lot less messy..... please let me know as I am going to process my litter....3.bucks 5does my hubby likes to think he is tough but this is his first bunny litter :P . by the way we love you grumpy,we have read a lot of your posts and will follow you as long as you are here. :D


Thank you very much, Katiebear.

I've processed critters all of my life and, with the exception of beaver, all are hung from a gambrel. The hoist allows me to "sit" during the entire procedure as I have a very bad back and cannot stand for extended periods of time. (I was sitting down during most of the video shooting.) :D

My intent was to allow folks the opportunity to view, what I feel, is an easy way to process what they grow for their families. Plus, allow my processor the chance to write protocols for his operation that would be USDA acceptable. It worked. LOL.

I've got a very dear friend who is a professional photographer that videoed and produced the procedure. He spent about an hour w/me that morning to get it all on camera. Then spent numerous hours putting it into the format you saw. As far as I'm concerned, He did a Great-job. His name is Keith Foster and he also designed all of the covers for my three novels. He's also the creator and webmaster of my website: http://www.ekfelts.com

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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#27  Unread postby Dood » Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:29 am


It is necessary to hang?
No, but it makes pulling the fur off in one piece much easier

If i dont want the pelt I nick the hide in the middle of the back, stick in couple fingers from each hand and pull apart. Then the carcass is placed on metal sheet next to a sink. I carefully slit the belly and let the guts spill into the sink. I cut the membrane attaching the stomach to the back and pull out the eosophagus, trachea and stomach. I then use garden sheers to cut the pelvic bone and use the knife to trim the muscles around the tail and anus and scoop out the bladder, colon, anus and tail fur into the sink.

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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#28  Unread postby grumpy » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:57 am


Hanging the rabbit on a gambrel has several positives.

First: Once you find your "comfort-level" on standing, or sitting, it's less fatiguing and stressful. If your gambrel has a small swivel at its apex, you remain stationary. The rabbit can be swiveled to the position you need.

Second: Let 'gravity' work in your favor. Not necessarily against you if the animal is horizontal. Blood, entrails, etc. fall away and leaves less chance for contamination.

Third: The animal touches nothing that may cause cross-contamination when it's hung. Which is a big concern when dealing with USDA certification. Lying a rabbit on any surface is a big no-no when processing for resale.

I've experimented with one additional step prior to the initial cut from one hock to the other. I'm thus far pleased with it. I keep a small spray bottle of sterile water near and when the animal is relaxed and released, I'll mist the hair on the hind legs a little. This seems to keep the "fluff" of cut hair out of the air and off of the exposed meat when the hide is cut and being pulled off.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#29  Unread postby Featherhoof » Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:15 pm


I will be processing my first litter soon. I'll be watching this video a few more times before I do it because it the best I have seen. Thanks Grumpy!

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Re: Processing Video.

Post Number:#30  Unread postby grumpy » Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:28 pm


Featherhoof wrote:I will be processing my first litter soon. I'll be watching this video a few more times before I do it because it the best I have seen. Thanks Grumpy!



Glad it helped you, Good luck with your processing.

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