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

 

Live Weight

Live Weight: 300 lbs

 

Hanging Weight

Hanging Weight: 210-240 lbs

64-85% of the live weight

 

Final Weight

Final Weight: 130-160 lbs

This is about 40-65% of the live weight, but of course, this varies, because of the live weight.

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A specific example of how the 490 pounds of boneless, trimmed beef could break out includes:

  • 18 lbs pork chops, 4 lbs spare ribs, 12 lbs sausage, 24 lbs ham, 20 lbs bacon, 12 lbs shoulder butt roasts, 14 lbs shoulder picnic, 16 lbs bone/trimmings, 30 lbs fat = 150 lbs
  • 7 lbs pork chops, 8 lbs sausage, 24 lbs ham, 20 lbs bacon, 17 lbs pork roast, 16 lbs picnic and shoulder butts, 7 lbs misc cuts, 5 lbs salt pork, 31 lbs fat = 135 lbs
  • 23 lbs pork chops, 6 lbs spare ribs, 18 lbs ground sausage, 30 lbs ham, 16 lbs bacon, 20 lbs shoulder roast, 8 lbs butt roast, 10 lbs stew bones, 16 lbs fat = 147 lbs
  • 23 lbs pork chops, 6 lbs spare ribs, 9 lbs sausage, 28 lbs ham, 23 lbs bacon, 9 lbs boston butt, 12 lbs picnic roast, 23 lbs fat = 133 lbs

Maybe this helps explain how a 300-pound pig can fit in your freezer!