Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game is a book you need to have if you are going to try to become self reliant.
The ability to process your own food is vital. I find that of all the food skills, butchering is one that is often overlooked.
It seems simple to cut up a large chunk of meat into smaller pieces, but this in an area of endeavor that the more you know the easier the process becomes.
I like the Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game because it is practical, has lots of very clear illustrations, and is short enough to to save time, but detailed enough to be of use.
This is one of my favorite butchering books, and as I develop Dual Homestead, I hope I get to use it when I butcher my own meat.
I did get some goats, so I am getting closer to the butchering process. I even am preparing to get a pig to raise to completion.
I did not do so good a job on my first butchering attempt. My poor chicken was cut up using a dill knife, so for future attempts I will use the advice in this book and use sharp tools.