Processing Percentage Charts


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Take home meat you can expect

These charts should help customers understand that "It's not all meat"

These charts show the amount of meat to be processed, the weight that the customer can expect to receive, and the percentage of loss through boning, fat removal, and trimmings. These authoritative charts are the results of many cutting tests made by processing experts.

Of course, it must be realized by consumers that the size of the animal, the amount of fat, the grade of the meat, and the amount of trimming and boning that is done by the meat processor all affects the percentage of meat that the consumer will receive. These charts can be considered as a guide to give some idea of the amount of meat to be received.

Beef

Expect 130 lbs of meat per front quarter from a 900 lb heifer or steer. A side from such an animal will weigh approximately 270 lbs.

Take-home meat to expect from a 140 lb. beef front quarter

(Trimmed cuts as usually found at retail)

Cuts Weight Percent
Rib roast, steaks 12 lbs 9%
Boneless stewmeat 6 lbs 4%
Short ribs 4 lbs 3%
Hamburger 38 lbs 27%
Chuck roast, steaks 37 lbs 26%
Meat total 97 lbs 69%
Bone, fat & trimmings 43 lbs 31%

Take-home meat to expect from a 131 lb. beef hind quarter

(Trimmed cuts as usually found at retail)

Cuts Weight Percent
T-bones, club steak 18 lbs 14%
Sirloin steaks, roasts 16 lbs 12%
Round steaks or roasts 29 lbs 22%
Rump roasts (boneless) 8 lbs 6%
Flank steak 2 lbs 2%
Ground beef 16 lbs 12%
Meat total 89 lbs 68%
Bone, fat & trimmings 42 lbs 32%

Pork

Take-home meat to expect from a 75 lb. half-pork

(Trimmed cuts as usually found at retail)

Cuts Weight Percent
Ham, fresh or cured 12 lbs 16%
Loin roast, chops 9 lbs 12%
Bacon 10 lbs 13%
Spareribs 2 lbs 3%
Shoulder butt roasts, chops 6 lbs 8%
Shoulder picnic, fresh, cured 7 lbs 9%
Sausage 6 lbs 8%
Meat total 52 lbs 69%
Lard 15 lbs 20%
Bone, fat & trimmings 8 lbs 11%
 

Count on above cuts, 52 lbs from an average side of a 215 lb live hog. It is possible to buy whole pork loins at some markets. A clearly trimmed loin will have no waste. From a 150 lb carcass, a loin might weigh 9 lbs.