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Old 10/01/11, 07:38 AM
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How do I estimate the weight of my steer?

He is a Holstein. He is 8 months old. His girth is 59" his length from shoulder bone to pin bone is 37"
One chart says 589lbs and the other says 450lbs.
Any idea which is correct?

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Old 10/01/11, 09:10 AM
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Don't know, but I do know there is a cloth-like tape which can be used around body just in back of front legs. I've been told it is reasonably accurate.

If the steer will load into a trailer perhaps your local bulk feed supplier has a scale they will let you use. Weight the trailer by itself, with the steer in it, and the difference should be the steer weight.

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Old 10/01/11, 10:37 AM
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I've seen different tapes with different weights.

this chart says a 59" girth is 618
http://www.askthemeatman.com/how_to_..._live_beef.htm

this one says 607
http://www.extension.umn.edu/distrib...I0469tA03.html

this one says 618
http://www.piedmontese.org/GettingYo...houtaScale.htm

The tape I have by the computer says 607

We only use the girth x girth x length formula for pigs but the one I found for cows says your animal is 429 pounds....girth x girth x length divided by 300
http://ag.arizona.edu/backyards/arti...r07/p11-12.pdf
Normally we just tape the heart girth

Never realized the disparity in measuring formulas out there....

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We have found the weight tapes to be pretty accurate on our calves.

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Old 10/02/11, 06:59 AM
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I have always used the girth x girth x length but he seems a lot bigger than 429.
I am going with around 550 split the difference.

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