# Question: How Much Meat Do You Get From A 1200 Lb Cow?

## How many acres of pasture does a cow need?

You may have heard a rule-of-thumb is that it takes 1.5 to 2 acres to feed a cow calf pair for 12 months.

That means we should be able to have 10 to 13 cows.

Let’s see how this rule-of-thumb holds up.

It looks like our rule-of-thumb held up pretty good, 11 cows on 20 acres, is 1.8 acres per cow..

## How much meat do you get from a 1000 lb cow?

In summary, a steer weighing 1,000 pounds on the hoof will average around 430 pounds of retail cuts (steaks, roasts, ground beef, stew beef, etc.).

## How much meat do you get from a 800 pound cow?

For an 880 – pound carcass, the round would be approximately 194 pounds. About 20 percent of that weight is made up of fat and bone. This leaves approximately 155 pounds of meat, including steaks, roasts, and ground product, that will be packaged for consumption.

## How much weight do you lose when you butcher a cow?

As a general rule, most cattle will have an average dressing percentage of 63 percent. This means that a beef animal weighing 1,000lbs will result in a carcass that weighs only 630lbs after slaughter.

## How much is a cow worth in meat?

The cost of beef heifers is around \$2,500 to \$3,000 individually with an average cost of \$2,800 per cow. The cost of the calf will generally be based on its weight. The unit of measurement used to put prices on cows is CWT which stands for 100 pounds. For a beef cow, CWT is between \$135 and \$165.

## How long does it take to butcher a cow?

This standard process depends on the type of animal, minimum for chicken (2 days), intermediate for pigs (3-6 days), and maximum for cows (2-5 weeks, depending on the age of the animal). 4. The period of “maturation” of beef is between 10 and 30 days.

## Is buying half a cow worth it?

Buying a whole cow or half a cow (not a quarter cow) will get you the best deal. A whole or a half cow are comparable in price when you break down the hanging weight and finished cuts price per pound. … That’s \$0.71 more per pound when you go with a quarter cow.

## Is dressed weight the same as hanging weight?

Hanging weight is the weight of the beef animal after it has been field dressed but before it has been aged, cut, packaged and frozen.

## How long does it take to raise a cow for slaughter?

It will take over a year (367 days) to grow a 500-pound calf to 1,000 pounds if its average daily weight gain is 1.5 pounds per day. Some exten sive forage-finishing systems may require a longer duration for calves to reach slaughter weight if forage quality and quantity restrict growth to no more than 1 pound per day.

## How much does a full butchered cow cost?

The cost of the live whole or half animal is \$3 per pound live weight, payable to the rancher. The cost to have the animal slaughtered is \$95 for a half or \$190 for a whole, payable to the rancher. The cost to have the meat aged, cut, wrapped and frozen so it’s ready to take home is \$1.25 per pound hanging weight.

## Are old cows good eating?

Older cattle are in demand and gaining momentum as a desirable source of protein. Though technically aged and worn out, the fact is meat from mature animals has a depth of flavour that’s just not found in the young.

## How many steaks can you get from one cow?

In a half of a beef, there are approximately 12 roasts, 14 t-bone steaks, 5 sirloin steaks, 5 sirloin tip steaks, 14 rib-eye steaks, and 6 round steaks. There are also short ribs, flank steak, stew meat, brisket and approximately 75# of ground beef.

## How long does it take to feed out a steer?

The steer will consume roughly 15-20 pounds of hay per day or 2 percent of his body weight. Grain is added to the diet three months before taking the steer to the processor. The amount of time on feed can vary from 60-150 days. For a backyard steer, 90 days on grain should be sufficient.

## What size freezer do I need for a whole cow?

16 cubic feetHow much freezer space will my beef take? For a quarter share (85 pounds of meat), you’ll want to have 4 cubic feet. And for a Side (half), around 8 cubic feet. A whole cow will need 16 cubic feet.

## How much meat do you get from a whole cow?

Buying a Whole Cow: With a whole cow you would get approximately 440 pounds of beef. It will be approximately 200 pounds of ground beef, and the other 220 pounds are in cuts like steaks, roasts, ribs, brisket, tenderloin, etc.

## How much meat do you get from a 600 lb cow?

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## At what age do you butcher a steer?

1 1/2 to 2 yearsThe ideal age at which to butcher a steer or heifer is 1 1/2 to 2 years. At that age, the animal is young enough to be tender and is nearly as large as it will get. Butchering at the end of summer or in the fall, before you have to feed hay again during winter, makes the grass-fed beef animal economical to raise.

## How much does a cow cost in 2020?

Also this week, CattleFax released their price expectations for 2020. They are forecasting finished steers to average 118 next year, with potential to top out near \$130. 750 pound steers are estimated at an average of \$146 and 550 pound steer calves at \$165, both just slightly ahead of their 2019 averages.