Cattle slaughter near Miles City, #Montana. A man displays his hands shortly after making a cut through the jugular vein of a dead cow hoisted and suspended from the ceiling by its hind legs. The cut bleeds the carcass of #blood which flows into a drain in the floor before it is then skinned, gutted, halved, chilled, and aged. Although the visceral nature of the act is visually obvious, the #slaughtering process is incredibly quiet, efficient, and humane. Animals are loaded into a chute and momentarily isolated in a kill box where they are almost immediately shot once in the head. The deconstruction of the animal into its increasingly smaller constituent parts represents a shifting word-set that corresponds to our comfort with the process. The animal begins as a whole #cow. Once it is slaughtered, it is drained of its blood, separated from its head, skinned, and gutted. During this stage it becomes a #carcass. The carcass is then split in two down the middle of the spine where it becomes #beef. The sides of beef are then segmented into their primal cuts which are further broken down into the #steaks and roasts which are then cooked and transformed into the most normative word: #food.

Cattle slaughter near Miles City, #Montana. A man displays his hands shortly after making a cut through the jugular vein of a dead cow hoisted and suspended from the ceiling by its hind legs. The cut bleeds the carcass of #blood which flows into a drain in the floor before it is then skinned, gutted, halved, chilled, and aged. Although the visceral nature of the act is visually obvious, the #slaughtering process is incredibly quiet, efficient, and humane. Animals are loaded into a chute and momentarily isolated in a kill box where they are almost immediately shot once in the head. The deconstruction of the animal into its increasingly smaller constituent parts represents a shifting word-set that corresponds to our comfort with the process. The animal begins as a whole #cow. Once it is slaughtered, it is drained of its blood, separated from its head, skinned, and gutted. During this stage it becomes a #carcass. The carcass is then split in two down the middle of the spine where it becomes #beef. The sides of beef are then segmented into their primal cuts which are further broken down into the #steaks and roasts which are then cooked and transformed into the most normative word: #food.

Cattle slaughter near Miles City, #Montana. A man displays his hands shortly after making a cut through the jugular vein…

High-tension power lines stretch to the horizon near the #coal-mining (and power-producing) town of #Colatrip, #Montana. #fewandfarbetween #snow #white

High-tension power lines stretch to the horizon near the #coal-mining (and power-producing) town of #Colatrip, #Montana. #fewandfarbetween #snow #white

High-tension power lines stretch to the horizon near the #coal-mining (and power-producing) town of #Colatrip, #Montana. #fewandfarbetween #snow #white

A water tower, colored to match the sky, rises over St. Marie, Montana. The municipality occupies a long-ago defunct and abandoned Air Force base in the coldest part of the state, just outside of Glasgow. The town consists of old military housing and adjoins the old runway which is now intermittently used by Boeing for research purposes. There are no services in St. Marie spare a post office and town hall. Much of the town remains abandoned though its original appeal was to former military families who would be familiar with the layout and structure of the former base. It is quiet and the flat plains stretch quietly in all directions. #blue #fewfarbetween #luceo #montana

A water tower, colored to match the sky, rises over St. Marie, Montana. The municipality occupies a long-ago defunct and abandoned Air Force base in the coldest part of the state, just outside of Glasgow. The town consists of old military housing and adjoins the old runway which is now intermittently used by Boeing for research purposes. There are no services in St. Marie spare a post office and town hall. Much of the town remains abandoned though its original appeal was to former military families who would be familiar with the layout and structure of the former base. It is quiet and the flat plains stretch quietly in all directions. #blue #fewfarbetween #luceo #montana

A water tower, colored to match the sky, rises over St. Marie, Montana. The municipality occupies a long-ago defunct and…

Hotel tree, Glasgow, Montana. #fewfarbetween #montana #tree #snow #luceo

Hotel tree, Glasgow, Montana. #fewfarbetween #montana #tree #snow #luceo

Hotel tree, Glasgow, Montana. #fewfarbetween #montana #tree #snow #luceo

Santa. Scobey, Montana. #montana #Luceo #fewfarbetween #santa #wildride #wind

Santa. Scobey, Montana. #montana #Luceo #fewfarbetween #santa #wildride #wind

Santa. Scobey, Montana. #montana #Luceo #fewfarbetween #santa #wildride #wind

Nora curiously touches the ducks her father brought home after hunting in Montana. Her father believes that it’s important for her to know where her food comes from. #montana #duck #hunt #Luceo #fewfarbetween

Nora curiously touches the ducks her father brought home after hunting in Montana. Her father believes that it’s important for her to know where her food comes from. #montana #duck #hunt #Luceo #fewfarbetween

Nora curiously touches the ducks her father brought home after hunting in Montana. Her father believes that it’s important for…

#Cattle. Returning to the mothership. Scobey, #Montana. #luceo #fewfarbetween

#Cattle. Returning to the mothership. Scobey, #Montana. #luceo #fewfarbetween

#Cattle. Returning to the mothership. Scobey, #Montana. #luceo #fewfarbetween

A lone house Braves the whiteout conditions in northern Montana. #montana #whiteout #snow #luceo #fewfarbetween

A lone house Braves the whiteout conditions in northern Montana. #montana #whiteout #snow #luceo #fewfarbetween

A lone house Braves the whiteout conditions in northern Montana. #montana #whiteout #snow #luceo #fewfarbetween

Al. Omaha Hi Lo at The Olive Hotel. Miles City, Montana. #Montana #gamble #cards #cowboy #luceo #fewfarbetween

Al. Omaha Hi Lo at The Olive Hotel. Miles City, Montana. #Montana #gamble #cards #cowboy #luceo #fewfarbetween

Al. Omaha Hi Lo at The Olive Hotel. Miles City, Montana. #Montana #gamble #cards #cowboy #luceo #fewfarbetween

Montana historian K. Ross Toole once said “Before the emigrant’s wagon ever rolled a mile, before the miner found his first color, before the government authorized a single road or trail, this inhospitable land had been traversed and mapped.” This was all done by the fur traders and trappers in the early 19th century. Montana trapping is still widely practiced today. Coyote pelts are currently valued at around $50 per carcass —$80 if they are skinned and stretched properly. The fur is sold to a buyer who in turn will sell them to manufacturers who finished cuts in the production of clothing —particularly to line the hoods of parkas. Once trapped, the coyote is shot once in the head in order to preserve the integrity of the pelt. #montana #hunt #trapping #trap #coyote #fur #winter #luceo #fewfarbetween #gun

Montana historian K. Ross Toole once said “Before the emigrant’s wagon ever rolled a mile, before the miner found his first color, before the government authorized a single road or trail, this inhospitable land had been traversed and mapped.” This was all done by the fur traders and trappers in the early 19th century. Montana trapping is still widely practiced today. Coyote pelts are currently valued at around $50 per carcass —$80 if they are skinned and stretched properly. The fur is sold to a buyer who in turn will sell them to manufacturers who finished cuts in the production of clothing —particularly to line the hoods of parkas. Once trapped, the coyote is shot once in the head in order to preserve the integrity of the pelt. #montana #hunt #trapping #trap #coyote #fur #winter #luceo #fewfarbetween #gun

Montana historian K. Ross Toole once said “Before the emigrant’s wagon ever rolled a mile, before the miner found his…