|The scalding tub, with the big window above.|
This is the first stop for the carcass as it
enters the shed. Note the heavy duty sawhorses
on the table here.
|Looking down the line towards the big table.|
Note the overhead railing, where the initial
steps in processing are done.
|These are the hooks that are used to suspend the carcass|
from the rail - longer ones for the head, shorter for the carcass.
Also note the scale just visible in the upper left, it only had a 30
pound capacity...too small for our pigs!
Like so many process oriented buildings, this one is simply, linearly, laid out. The animal comes in at one end and moves down a line, progressively evolving from a carcass to a roast. That’s effectively what got done on the first day of our work as well. So here’s my layman’s version of the process.
At the front of the shed there is a large window with a barn door opening that slides the wooden covering out of the way. Below the window is the scalding tub, a large basin that the animal gets placed inside before anything else. The heat in the tub – the water is kept at 150 degrees – facilitates the removal of the hair.
|Aprons and buckets for convenience.|
We didn't use 'em.
|This is the little table - note the |
wooden saw horses - where everything
is boken down into roasts
or smaller parts.