Leatherpownder

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That's interesting.  The few I've gotten from the local locker when I've taken steers in for processing have been extremely greasy.  Would you care to share your process?

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Fatter cattle=greasier hides ; Old dairy cows can be the thinnest and best

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5 hours ago, oltoot said:

Fatter cattle=greasier hides ; Old dairy cows can be the thinnest and best

Ummm, yeah, I had that part figured out.  What I was wondering, was what the OP does during processing those greasy hides to end up with a nice hide for braiding.  I don't like working greasy hides.  Old range cows that get poor and die before they can be put in the feedlot to get some flesh on them so we can get them to the sale barn have nicer hides to work, no grease.  There aren't many dairy cows that are allowed to get old anymore.  I'm told they freshen twice and then they're on the truck when production starts to drop after the second calf. That's a 4 year old cow.  A 4 year old dairy cow might very well have a nice hide, but I don't know because I've never tried one for rawhide.

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Main thing is to get the hide fleshed good the as soon as it dries cut it up and split any leftover slime off the back.

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