Estimating the hanging weight of a steer is a mathematical calculation. Hanging weight is the carcass weight of a steer after hide, head, hooves and internal organs have been removed. Average dressing percentage is needed to estimate carcass weights. Dressing percentage reflects carcass amount in relation to the animal's live weight. It is derived by dividing hot carcass weight by live animal weight and multiplying by 100. Hot carcass weight is measured immediately after the animal is dressed, before the meat is chilled.
Things You'll Need
- Livestock scales
Weigh the animal on a set of livestock scales. If you don't own scales, weigh your empty trailer at a livestock exchange, feed company, or grain elevator. Then weigh the trailer with the steer in it. Subtract the empty trailer weight from the weight of the loaded trailer to determine live steer weight.
Multiply the live steer weight by .62 to derive estimated carcass weight, since the average dressing percentage for steers and heifers is 62 percent.
Compare estimated carcass weight with body condition of the live animal. Lower your carcass weight estimate if the animal's ribs are showing. Raise your estimate if you cannot feel any of the animal's bones. The normal dressing percentage range is 55 to 67 percent.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images
How to Calculate Weight Watchers Points
You can calculate the Weight Watchers point value for food items or meals if you know the formula and know where to...
- How to Dress to Hide a Weight Increase
How to Calculate How Many Weight Watchers Points You Get
Weight Watchers is a great proven program for weight loss but unfortunately it can be very hard to afford during these tough...
How to Estimate Moving Weight
If you are moving to a new home in a new city or state, you may have to ship your furniture and...