The yield of edible meat from a beef carcass often comes as a surprise, even to those who have processed for years.

 

Live Weight

Live Weight: 1,150 - 1,2000 lbs

Average desired market weight is 1,200 lbs and the average yield of 63%.

Hanging Weight

Hanging Weight: 715-745 lbs

 

Final Weigh

Final Weight: 569-597 lbs

The hanging weight will yield approximately 597 lbs. of red meat and trim (take home meat - which includes the average weight of 27 lbs of variety meat: liver, heart, tongue, tripe, sweetbreads, and brains) and 146 lbs of fat, bone and loss.

This is roughly a yield of 80% from the hanging weight.

 

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A specific example of how the 569 pounds of boneless, trimmed beef could break out includes:

Chuck - 209.5 lbs total, which is 29% of the dressed/hanging/carcass weight 

 Beef Cut  Weight
 Blade Roasts and Steaks  33.9 lbs.
 Ground Beef and Stew Meat  83.3 lbs.
 Arm Pot Roasts and Steaks  35.5 lbs.
 Cross Rib Pot Roast  25.4 lbs.
 Fat and Bones Fat and Bones  31.4 lbs

Round - 155.8 lbs. total, which is 22% of the dressed/hanging/carcass weight

Beef Cut Weight
Top Round 34.6 lbs.
Bottom Round 31.2 lbs.
Tip 16.8 lbs
Rump 7.8 lbs.
Ground Beef 33.4 lbs.
 Fat and Bones 32 lbs.

Thin Cuts - 134.6 lbs. total, which is 19% of the dressed/hanging/carcass weight 

Beef Cut Weight
Flank Steak 3.6 lbs
Pastrami Squares 2.9 lbs.
Outside Skirt 2.2 lbs.
Inside skirt 2.5 lbs.
Boneless Brisket 16 lbs.
Ground Beef and Stew Meat  87.3 lbs
Fat and Bone 20.1 lbs.

Short Loin - 115.7 lbs. total, which is 16% of the dressed/hanging/carcass weight

Beef Cut Weight
Tenderloin Steak 6.8lbs
Porterhouse Steak 19.6 lbs.
T-bone Steak 9.8 lbs.
Strip Steak 15 lbs.
Sirloin Steak 15.3 lbs.
Ground Beef and Stew Meat 22.7 lbs.
Fat and Bone 26.5 lbs.

Rib - 66.6 lbs. total, which is 9% of the dressed/hanging/carcass weight

Beef Cut Weight
Rib Roast 23.9 lbs.
Rib Steak 9.2 lbs.
Short Ribs 8.6 lbs.
Ground Beef and Stew Meat 16.5 lbs.
Fat and Bone 8.4 lbs.

Miscellaneous - 32.7 lbs. total, which is 5% of the dressed/hanging/carcass weight

Beef Cut Weight
Kidney and Hanging Tender 4.9 lbs
Fat, Suet and Cutting Loss 27.8 lbs.

Maybe this helps explain how the products from a 1200 pound steer to fit in your freezer!