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QUESTION
With a 250 lb. hog live weight, how many pounds of meat approx. will one take home from the packing house?


ANSWER

A 250 lb. live weight hog will dress approximately 72%, thus 180 pounds of carcass. That 180 pound carcass will yield approximately 65% in retail cuts, thus approximately 120 pounds of "take home" meat. If the pig is a real lean genetic pig, the yield would be 2-5% higher; if it is a fatter pig, the yield would be somewhat less.

Gilbert Hollis Extension Swine Specialist







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