We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Boy, you guys are an eclectic bunch! Back in my hippie days, the wife and I butchered and processed a 300 lb. calf once. It was a LOT of work, and didn't come out nearly that nice looking. We ended up with many unidentifiable chunks of meat. We also use my grandmothers hand-crank meat grinder to grind up the chunks. That took about 8 hours if I recall correctly. I'm glad we had the experience, though, because now we really appreciate the supermarket!
This is interesting. Kentucky is overflowing with deer, it's a real problem. But I think that it's illegal to shoot a deer in Kentucky, and then sell the venison. Some animals grow faster than others, and so they're a better value. Deer grow fast, and believe it or not, so do Hippo's. They grow faster than cows, and they taste better. Hippo meat is supposed to be fantastic. But Hippo's like to murder people, so they aren't as easy to raise.