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Old 02/10/11, 07:51 PM
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Goat Tallow

Does anyone here render their own goat tallow? What does it smell like?

I am thinking about butchering a year old buck who feels awfully fat. He would be better put to use for me as soap. I am wondering how much fat I would get off of him. He's a very plump nigerian buck. Will his fat smell bucky??

I make soap and am very interested in raising some goats for meat and tallow. Do goats get much fat on them? I currently just have milk goats. Would I have to go more in the direction of Boer goats to get some fat? What if I got a Boer buck and bred him to my milk does? Thanks.

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We butchered our first dairy wethers this year and there was almost no fat. They were only 9 months old though so maybe an older one would have more fat. You probably want to try boers.

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Old 02/10/11, 08:01 PM
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Or maybe I should just get some sheep??

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When goats look fat, they have a LOT of fat on the carcass, particularly in the abdomen. Even goats that look thin will have some abdominal fat. There is not much fat in the meat, it is mostly abdominal or subcutaneous, which would make it easier to collect for rendering.

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Old 02/10/11, 09:55 PM
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We just butchered our very chunky Snubian doe last month.

LOTS of very nice, hard tallow. It smelled like... <shrug> tallow. Nice, pleasant, not at all nasty. I've used it for cooking (worked great for frying spuds!) but I want to save it for making soap.

This gal was really fat. I got about 2 gallons of quality tallow from her. She was also the first goat we butchered who had marbled muscle. Like they say, goats get fat from the inside out, and lose weight from the outside in.

I highly recommend goat tallow.

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Old 02/10/11, 10:09 PM
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Or maybe I should just get some sheep??
I dunno. Every so often, when I think about sheep, I am reminded that, of all God's creatures, they're the ones looking for the fastest way to die...
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Old 02/10/11, 10:11 PM
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Oh. Are they real accident prone?

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Old 02/10/11, 10:54 PM
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If you need fat for soap, ask the butchers wherever you shop. I asked couple years ago, they gave me 40lbs the first time, and thereafter as much as I wanted... it progressed to where now I get all of the excess from the butcher shop. Sometimes it's just a couple 50lb boxes of fat trimmings, and 25 lbs or so of good meat, and mixed fat and meat. Sometimes bring a truckload of sealed frozen crates of meat home.

Never boiled down buck fat, but can't help thinking it'd be aromatic. If the world ended, and buck fat was the only fat to be had, it'd be used, regardless of aroma.

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Old 02/10/11, 10:57 PM
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Buck fat makes good dog food.

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Old 02/11/11, 09:03 AM
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Oh. Are they real accident prone?
Well, depending on the breed, they have a reputation for being a bit delicate.

That said, though, I'm told there are breeds (Jacob sheep, for example) that are particularly thrifty and hardy.

I'm thinking of finding a bottle lamb so I can raise some meat from it. I love the flavor of goat, but lamb is very nice, too!
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Cyngbaeld's post reminded me: Deer fat is very good, too. 'Round here, the deer don't have a gamey taste at all, probably b/c they eat corn.

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