We butchered our last domestic sow today. The long day started at 7 this morning when we set up and I just took a shower and sat down to take a break. The Old Bauldy Hog scald didn't work. The pig needs to be dipped for it to work and there was no way to dip a 400+ sow here. We skinned her which is easy to do anyway. This is the first time we haven't cleaned the feet and the head out. We chose the easy path and threw away a lot of pork but there was no way two of us could do the job in one day the way we usually do. My neighbors have nbot shown themselves in two weeks. They got one of our sows in exchange for helping us with this one no more of that barter crap for me. I took some measurements and a photo I will post when I get some energy. Tomorrow we will portion out the carcass, pack, and freeze. Can't chill for more since we are in a very hot time. We cut in large sections and have those on ice- don't have a refrigerator large enough for all the pork. If some of you were close by, I'd share the bounty with you. She was a good sow. Shame she couldn't be bred but she recieved plenty of blessing today and it went smoothly.