In The Field & On The Stove : Axis. The bane of our existence. Yesterday My Love was at one of our leased places and counted - get this - 120 axis grazing on our wheat! All that grazing is called depredation - they are essentially killing our wheat crop. Since they do not require tagging, and are considered an exotic - they can be killed at any time, any place, as long as you have a license. So My Love and his brother took off yesterday afternoon and shot 6 axis. That really doesn't put much of a dent in the population - 5% actually. We kept 1 of the axis (the others were donated). So last night Nana watched Baby Girl for about an hour and a half while My Love and I skinned and quartered the axis. Thankfully it was cool last night, so we were able to store the meat in our storage building until I could process it today.
This is the meat "in process". At this point I had already processed the backstrap, tenderloin, and 1 hindquarter. What you see here is a shoulder. About 5 hours later...
Supper! Well, several meals anyway. I totalled it all up:
14 pkg steaks - 17.5 lbs.
2 roasts - 5.5 lbs
1/2 full backstrap - 1.5 lbs.
tenderloins - 1 lb.
hamburger (not shown) - 12 lbs.
A total of 36 lbs of meat! All for free - essentially anyway. I think the bullet cost about $1. This will feed My Love and I about 40 meals.
I decided to look up how much axis meat is sold for - between $20 and $30 per LB! So at 36 lbs, I have about $900 worth of meat here! But we will just use it in place of beef - which is a much more reasonable figure - $259.
40 meals for $1...not bad!