slaughtered Button, we processed all her meat into sausage because she was older and would probably have a fairly strong flavor. We really enjoy the sausage (made from only meat, onions, garlic, salt and herbs) but we had no way of making links so its just ground and in 1 pound packages. Husbandman picked up some hog casing because he was a mite nervous about saving the casing from his own slaughter-subject (though he really does it all very well). And when we were searching for our own meat grinder, a sausage stuffer attachment was a must.
A couple months ago we decided we were overwintering just way too many animals. With the acquisition of Zuma, Esperanza and Nina were unnecessary as breeding ewes. Zuma has had twins each time and her size (hopefully coupled with the rapid growth rate of the khatadin in Valentino) would produce more lamb than we would need in a year. We traded Nina with a friend who raises grass-fed beef. She ended up becoming a wedding feast which I think is a fine fate for an animal who has to die anyway. Esperanza was almost 2 years old so we made her into sausage like Button. Very very yummy sausage. Some in links and some ground in packages. Daisy, being less than a year old and true "lamb" we processed into roasts. I roasted a shoulder cut in the crock pot last night with garlic and rosemary. Absolutely superb. Fall off the bone tender. Great flavor. Kids gobbled it up. Couple that with a nice pile of garden fresh greens and we had ourselves a very fine meal.