Hanging weight - Take Home Weight

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Son of Butch

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How much take home meat should I expect from butchering a steer?
This question is so common that thought I'd post the answer here.

I found a chart online showing an
average steer yields 61% h.w.
and 70% of hanging weight is the average take home
or
43% of live weight is expected retail yield
ie
Live weight 1,000 lbs
61% of 1,000 lbs = 610 lbs hanging
70% of 610 lbs = 427 lbs take home
or
43% of 1,000 = 430 lbs take home

*boneless cuts will lower take home weights
 
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nice math skills. obviously other factors determine true take home weight but this is a good starting point. thanks for passing on the info.
 

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Excellent info. I have always told my customerhat hanging weight is approx 60% of live weight, and take home weight is approx 60% of the hanging weight. For example, one of my last steers I finished out and butchered was 858lbs hanging weight.
To find approx take home weight: 858 x 0.60 = 514lbs that goes into freezer.

I had a difficult time however calculating approximate live weight from the given hanging weight. Ideas?
 

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Excellent info. I have always told my customerhat hanging weight is approx 60% of live weight, and take home weight is approx 60% of the hanging weight. For example, one of my last steers I finished out and butchered was 858lbs hanging weight.
To find approx take home weight: 858 x 0.60 = 514lbs that goes into freezer.

I had a difficult time however calculating approximate live weight from the given hanging weight. Ideas?
Approximate live weight would be 858÷60%=1430 lbs
 
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