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At what weight do you slaughter a cow?

Last Updated: 10th April, 2020

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By dividing the cows' average carcass weight — 475 lbs. in 1975 and 621 lbs. in 2005 — by 47%, we approximate the live weights at slaughter, which is 1,010 lbs. and 1,321 lbs., respectively.

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In this regard, how long does it take for a cow to reach slaughter weight?

At the end of this phase the young cattle is sold or passed to the “Finishing Operation”; this is generally a penned facility, the cattle is fed rich grain ration and will reach a weight of 1300 to 1500 lbs. at approximately 18 months age. At the end of this phase the cattle is sent to a slaughter facility.

Furthermore, how much meat do you get from a 1200 pound cow? So, in other words, you start with a 1200 pound steer, which has a dressing percent of 63%, so that you have a 750 pound carcass. From that you will get about 65% of the carcass weight, or roughly 490 pounds, as boneless, trimmed beef.

Also, what is the best age to slaughter a cow?

The highest quality beef comes from animals that are under 36 months of age. Old cows produce highly acceptable beef if properly fattened and processed. Depending on the calf and the feeding regime, calves are best slaughtered between three and 16 weeks of age.

How much meat do you get from a 500 pound cow?

A 1200-pound beef animal will yield a hot carcass weight of approximately 750 pounds. Once cooled, the carcass weight will be approximately 730 pounds. When de-boned and trimmed, there will be approximately 500 pounds of trimmed and de- boned meat for wrapping and freezing.

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How long does it take a cow to reach 1000 pounds?

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How many cows are slaughtered each year?

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Can you butcher a bull for meat?

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How long does it take to raise a cow for meat?

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How much does it cost to raise a cow for meat?

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How long does it take to raise a steer for slaughter?

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How much can a cow make?

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How do you tell if a steer is finished?

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Do animals feel pain when slaughtered?

The slaughter process has two stages: Stunning, when performed correctly, causes an animal to lose consciousness, so the animal can't feel pain. The law states that, with few exemptions, all animals must be stunned before 'sticking' (neck cutting) is carried out.

Nawal Jelezov

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How much grain do you feed a cow for slaughter?

10-15 lbs. per day of corn, oats or barley fed to grazing cattle is a good finishing ration. This fed to a 900-1000 pound steer for 3-4 months should will you a nicely finished animal.

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How much meat do you get from a 1000 pound cow?

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Can you make a living raising cattle?

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How many steaks can you get from one cow?

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