Recently I sent a steer calf to auction that I taped at 740ish and he ended up being 710lbs. So it can get close but most likely not exact. It also depend on user error and if the cow is standing straight on flat ground.
Post by mommasquilts on Feb 8, 2019 8:59:44 GMT -5
I guess I look at it like scales. All bathroom scales are a bit different and they are all different than the one in the doctors office. They all give you a general range and are best for telling you if you are gaining or losing.
My experience has been that they give you a good general idea of weight. Not exact, but within about 50 pounds + or -. I normally use them on older calves, most of my adult cows are too big for the tape to fit around.
I use a sewing tape and take two measurements. One around the body just behind the elbow, the other is length of body, point of shoulder to pin. Do a little math and voila- it’s a pretty good estimate (has always been within 20-30 pounds of scale weight, if not a lot closer)
I find using this method is more accurate then the pre marked weight tapes that only go around the body, however I did get my hands on one that had 4 possible weights at each mark based on the body condition of the animal. An animal that is 50” around and quite fat will weigh less than an animal that is 50” and thin.
This book is intended as an inspirational manual for keeping a family milk cow. A lifetime of practical experience has been bound into one volume. Practical advice for the everyday and procedures for cow emergencies. Plus, answers to FAQ's like, 'Should you get a cow?' and 'How Much Space do I need?'