Traditional Animal Processing

Desert DAWN’s Traditional Animal Processing Workshops provide students with the opportunity to learn to slaughter, skin, eviscerate, quarter, butcher and cook a medium sized animal (sheep or goat) in a traditional way, using little more than one’s knife.  The methods taught are what one would use to provide meat for a family, similar to methods used on a small farm or while hunting.

Softening a sheep hide for use as a sleeping mat or clothing.

The workshop’s two primary goals are first to help people learn ways of being in more control of the food they eat by knowing how to process an animal for food and second to encourage respect for the lives given for food by showing ways of using more of the animal for a healthier diet and for utilitarian items.  Whether you are a person who is living more simply and providing more for yourself or you are a hunter who has pondered what other gifts an animal provides, this workshop will provide you skills to use as much of an animal as possible.

A few items that the animal provides.

A few items that the animal provides.

The workshops includes how to:
➢ Identify the parts of the animal
➢ Cook the edible parts such as the muscles, organs, bones and more;
➢ Process the hide, sinew, intestines, bones and hooves to be used for utility items: and
➢ Make utility items including tools, glue, cordage, musical instruments, containers, adornments, clothing and more.

 

Examples are available for students to examine and use as a guide.  See more photos.

Workshop Formats

We present two different levels of animal processing workshops:

The Traditional Animal Processing Workshop is the primary workshop.  It  is guided by the instructors with detailed explanations of every step of the process.  After the instructor demonstrates a step the students share the completion of the step.  The students have ample time to experience the process and ask questions.  This is a two to three day workshop.

The Traditional Animal Processing 5-day Workshop starts with the curriculum of the standard workshop and is followed by the opportunity for the students to process an animal in small groups of four to six students.  The instructor is more a coach than a guide in this segment of the workshop.  The instructor is available to answer any questions and assist in the learning process, however the approach of this workshop is for the students to completely process an animal independently.   This is a practical workshop that gives the students an understanding and ownership of the process, which comes only from hands-on learning with time to explore the process.

Individual Instruction

We often have requests to come to a farm and help process animals for individuals or a family.  These requests allow us to help folks process their animals and provide instruction simultaneously.  For these events, we will tailor the instruction to your interests.  Please contact us for more details and to discuss your interests.

Workshop Process, Recipes and Photo Gallery

Traditional Animal Processing Steps. This downloadable document outlines the steps used in processing an animal and provides additional information regarding the topics covered in the workshop.

Traditional Animal Processing Recipes. This page on the Desert DAWN website contains the recipes used in the Traditional Animal Processing Workshop.  One goal of the workshop is to make the dishes that are prepared from the organs and the meat as delectable as possible to encourage every student to prepare these dishes or explore other dishes during his or her future animal processing endeavors.  Select this link for a downloadable copy of the Traditional Animal Processing Workshop Recipes.

Traditional Animal Processing Photo Gallery.  Learn more about the workshop  the through photos taken during previous workshops.

Upcoming Workshops

Florence, Arizona (South of Phoenix) ~~ February

Traditional Animal Processing Workshop
Annually, the week of Feb. 14th, at Wintercount Primitive Skills Gathering
Three day workshop.
For more details regarding Wintercount, please visit wintercountcamp.com.

Registration for this workshop is the first day of the gathering.   Please sign up early since the workshop typically reaches capacity very quickly.

Tabonia, Utah (East of Salt Lake) ~~ June

Traditional Animal Processing Workshop
Annually, the week third week of June, at Fire to Fire Gathering
Three day workshop.
For more details regarding Wintercount, please visit firetofire.com

Registration for this workshop is the first day of the gathering.   Please sign up early since the workshop typically reaches capacity very quickly.

Rexburg, Idaho ~~ September

Traditional Animal Processing Workshop
Annually, the week of Sept. 14 at the Rabbitstick Gathering
Three day workshop.
For more details regarding Rabbitstick, please visit the Backtracks site.

Registration for this workshop is the first day of the gathering.   Please sign up early since the workshop typically reaches capacity very quickly.

Boulder, Utah ~~ October

Traditional Animal Processing Workshop 
Annually the first or second weekend in October at the Harvest Festival
Two day workshop.
For more details or to register, please contact us.

Looking for a Traditional Animal Processing Workshop in Your Area?

Hosting a workshop is easy.  The Traditional Animal Processing Workshop travels to most of the locations where we teach, including to Australia.  We can easily come to your site and the site requirements are minimal.

We have experienced that the maximum effective students in a workshop is eight.  If you anticipate a higher number of participants, please contact us to discuss options.

The rates for the workshop are based on the number of instructors requested for the workshop. The rates noted below do not include travel and expenses.  The primary consideration for how many instructors is the student/instructor ratio.  The workshop is taught more effectively with two instructors, however, budget considerations may necessitate a workshop with only one instructor.  A workshop with one instructor is $400 per day and a workshop with two instructors are $700 per day.

If you are interested in hosting a workshop through your organization or or having individual instruction, please contact us for more details.

Here is how you can get in touch with us.

Telephone – 435-335-7710

Email – using our contact form

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