Tim; Point taken. Looks like a pretty much philosophical difference. I don't really have a problem with 15% of State budget going to education on priciple. I do have a problem with kids not being offered quality education, which happens a lot in current system. I respect your decision to home-school & depending on how good/bad the school system is where I live, I might do the same. SE Iowa: I like your small-scale slaughter idea & I think it's the kind of thing that needs to happen if small-scale, sustainable farming is to grow or even survive. It sounds to me like there could be opportunity for a co-op set-up with other farms in the region to offset initial outlay & have the equipment working on more than just your own animals. There are some small mobile slaughter units operating in U.S. & Canada (mainly focussing on organic or free-range livestock & poultry). Could be worth searching & contacting those folks for advice. Not sure about your area, but from this consumers point-of-view, free-range pork is less common even in developed markets 'cause people looking for ethical choices don't tend to eat so much pork. Turkey?