Figure 2 - Products and estimated weights of products derived from an example cull cow

1500 lb. cull cow, open BCS 3, expected to grade D1
53% HCW = 361 kgs (795 lbs) 99.5% HCW = 791 lbs.

Non-edible
Bone 28% = 100 kgs (221 lb)

Edible
Fat 15% = 54 kg (119 lb.)
Muscle 57% = 451 lb.

Removed from Carcass

Non-edible
hide, head, feet, entails, manure and SRM
blood (3% of live wt.)

Edible
heart, lungs, liver, tongue, cheeks, oxtail

50% of CCW to grinding

15% of CCW marketed from hip for further processing

5% of CCW marketed as cuts from rib, short loin and sirloin

 

5% cuts from rib & loin x 791 CCW = 18 kg (39.5 lb)

15% hip x 361 kg (791) CCW = 54 kg (118.5 lb)

50% for grinding x 361 kg (791) CCW = 179 kg (395.5 lb.



Cull Cow Body and Carcass Composition