Andrea is skinning her first pig. We had to put a sow down, and skinning an animal properly takes some practice, so she's in the center of the picture practicing. The sow is hanging from the front bucket of the blue tractor.
Andrea is a real trooper about farm life.
Pig skin, unlike sheep or cow, sticks to the fat and is pretty hard to remove. When you skin a pig you want to leave as much of the fat on the carcass as possible. So the basic things are: Have a very sharp knife, and retouch it with a steel from time to time. Take your time and make sure that every cut is as close to the skin as possible. Take particular care around the belly, because that fat is your bacon, and a poor skinning job will waste too much.
3 days ago