How do I estimate the weight of my steer?

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  1. steff bugielski

    steff bugielski Well-Known Member

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    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?
     
  2. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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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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    sammyd Well-Known Member

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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_estimate_weight_of_live_beef.htm

    this one says 607
    http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/livestocksystems/components/DI0469tA03.html

    this one says 618
    http://www.piedmontese.org/GettingYourCattleWeightsWithoutaScale.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/articles/winter07/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.
     
  5. steff bugielski

    steff bugielski Well-Known Member

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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.