Today was a meat 'harvesting' day. There is a duck in the freezer now waiting to grace our table. We have butchered sheep and poultry ourselves but have had beef professionally done because they are too large for us to handle . Sheep provide many meals from the one animal and are definitely worth the effort. Poultry on the other hand is very labour intensive and it takes about the same time to dress a duck as it doea to dress a lamb.Poultry are also more labour intensive on a day-to-day basis. Sheep don't require daily feeding and watering (not here anyway). Ofcourse once it is lambing time and shearing time, I might tell a different tale. It is good to know that the duck had a good life and was well fed but I just wish they didn't have so many little feathers.
It is all worth it when you can have homegrown, homemade duck ragu. This was the offering from our last duck. Unfortunately it coincided with my pasta machine being jammed so it was store bought pasta. Delicious just the same.