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Beef Yields    

This chart represents the approximate yield of consumer cuts of beef from a whole steer.     

Beef Carcass Breakdown
With an average market (live or on hoof) weight of 1,150 lbs and the average yield of 62.2%, the typical steer will produce a 715 lb. (dressed weight) carcass.

The dressed beef (or carcass) will yield approximately 569 lbs. of red meat and trim (take home meat - which includes the average weight of 27 lbs of variety meat: liver, heart, tongue, tripe, sweetbreads and brains) and 146 lbs of fat, bone and loss. This is roughly a yield of 80% from the dressed or hanging weight - this is for a VERY LEAN Beef. 

A High Quality, USDA Choice Beef will yield approximately 70% of the Hanging or Dressed Weight. The yield on the take home meat weight from the live weight of the (VERY LEAN) steer is approximately 50%.

Beef Cut Yield Per Steer Based on 569 lbs Take Home Meat

Chuck - 209.5 lbs total, which is 29% of the dressed/hanging/carcass weight

Blade Roasts and Steaks33.9 lbs
Ground Beef and Stew Meat83.3 lbs
Arm Pot Roasts and Steaks35.5 lbs
Cross Rib Pot Roast25.4 lbs
Fat and Bones31.4 lbs

Round - 155.8 lbs total, which is 22% of the dressed/hanging/carcass weight

Top Round34.6 lbs
Bottom Round31.2 lbs
Tip16.8 lbs
Rump7.8 lbs
Ground Beef33.4 lbs
Fat and Bones32 lbs

Thin Cuts - 134.6 lbs total, which is 19% of the dressed/hanging/carcass weight

Flank Steak3.6 lbs
Pastrami Squares2.9 lbs
Outside Skirt2.2 lbs
Inside Skirt2.5 lbs
Boneless Brisket16 lbs
Ground Beef and Stew Meat87.3 lbs
Fat and Bone20.1 lbs

Short Loin - 115.7 lbs total, which is 16% of the dressed/hanging/carcass weight

Tenderloin Steak6.8 lbs
Porterhouse Steak19.6 lbs
T-bone Steak9.8 lbs
Strip Steak15 lbs
Sirloin Steak15.3 lbs
Ground Beef and Stew Meat22.7 lbs
Fat and Bone26.5 lbs

Rib - 66.6 lbs total, which is 9% of the dressed/hanging/carcass weight

Rib Roast23.9 lbs
Rib Steak9.2 lbs
Short Ribs8.6 lbs
Ground Beef and Stew Meat16.5 lbs
Fat and Bone8.4 lbs

Miscellaneous - 32.7 lbs total, which is 5% of the dressed/hanging/carcass weight

Kidney and Hanging Tender4.9 lbs
Fat, Suet and Cutting Loss27.8 lbs