I have never butchered any of my cows before, but with the drought and lack of hay, I have 3 I'm thinking about butchering. I know you loose about 30% from live weight to hanging weight, but what do you loose after that. I tentatively have 4 halves spoken for and would not butcher till I have deposits on the halves, but I would like to give the people an idea of how much meat they will get back. I know a lot depends on the cuts, just looking for kind of an average.
#1 is Normandy/Hereford, 2 1/2 year old. She had a still born calf this spring and is probably over conditioned, she jiggles when she walks. I'm guessing she weighs about 1400# and is very long bodied.
#2 is 1/2 Wagyu/1/2 mixed dairy, also 2 1/2 years old. She had a calf this year, but is a very poor milker and another cow pretty much raised her calf, so she is in excellent condition. She is not a big cow, rather short in height and length, I have a hard time guessing her weight but maybe about 1000#.
#3 is a 6 year old Angus/Charolais cow, she is lean and has been raising a big fat calf. She is sore, gets around OK in the summer, but in the late spring when she is heavy with calf she has a hard time getting from the barn area to where I feed them on the field. I would probably just do her in hamburger and keep most of her for my self. She is a good size cow, maybe 12-1300#.
500# from a 1000-1200# cow is a fairly safe estimate. You will have a bit less if the cows are 30+ months old as the butcher will have to condemn the spine (so no t-bones, ribeyes, oxtail, etc - just boneless versions).
Post by sdmilkmaid on Aug 23, 2021 11:01:54 GMT -5
The ones that jiggle when they walk, there will be a lot of trim. (Fat that goes to waste. ) The beefier built ones, say 60-65% of live weight will be hanging weight, and 60-80% of hanging weight will be take home. The Wagyu cross might be closer to 50% and 50%. So 25-30% of live is take home. That is how a lot of my jersey beef steers cut out. Rachel
Me, my Hubby, and four Littles one horse - Cappy A burgeoning goat herd 35+ British White and Angus mama cows, and several bulls My milk cows: Faith, Chick and Freckles Heifers coming up - Dolly Dixie RIP
Post by mommasquilts on Aug 23, 2021 13:08:26 GMT -5
Our butcher says the hanging weight is about 60% of live weight. What you bring home in packages largely depends on if there are bone in cuts. But in general, you can expect about 60% of hanging weight to go home in packages.
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