Extra information for the preparation and tanning of cow hides. Please also read the information on the PREPARATION page.
We process using an environmental tanning system using low water. The resulting product has an ivory coloured skin with clean hair and great lustre.
The skin removal and initial treatment is vital for us to be able to provide you with a quality finished product. Bacteria work to degrade the hide from the time of slaughter. The effects of a staled hide are varied from loose or missing hair to harder finished product. To prevent the bacteria from taking hold, the skin must be cooled immediately after slaughter. We suggest hosing off both sides or plunging into a barrel of cold water. The hide does not need to be completely dry before freezing and a quick (under 20min) drip dry is suitable. You do not need to clean the hide or worry about any remaining pieces of flesh or fat. We will clean and flesh the hide before tanning. In summer months we recommend soaking the skin in a barrel of iced water for an hour to remove the heat prior to freezing. Hides can be sent to us frozen as they take some time to thaw. Thawing time depends on the climate so more care is needed in warmer summer months.
We photograph and tag each hide on arrival.
We will thaw the hides and inspect. If we find major fault on inspection: Heavy flays, holes, bacterial damage we will contact you prior to proceeding.
Our machinery is unable to process hides with very thick skin and we will not attempt as it becomes dangerous. We will let you know on inspection if the skin is too thick. This normally only applies to very large bulls.
We will take all care in processing your prized hide and will work to minimise the risk of any damage. If the unforeseen happens and a hide is damaged in the processing we will discount the hide proportionately.
Please see our home page for current tanning times. On completion of your hide you will be sent out an invoice.
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