Beef Cut Yield Per Steer

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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%. 

To learn more about consumer (retail) beef cut names click: Retail Beef Cuts 

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

Chuck - 209.5 lbs total, which is 29% of the dressed/hanging/carcass weight 
 Beef Cut  Weight
 Blade Roasts and Steaks   33.9 lbs. 
 Ground Beef and Stew Meat   83.3 lbs. 
 Arm Pot Roasts and Steaks   35.5 lbs. 
 Cross Rib Pot Roast   25.4 lbs. 
 Fat and Bones Fat and Bones  31.4 lbs

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

Beef Cut Weight
Top Round 34.6 lbs.
Bottom Round 31.2 lbs.
Tip 16.8 lbs
Rump 7.8 lbs. 
Ground Beef 33.4 lbs.
 Fat and Bones 32 lbs. 

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

Beef Cut Weight
Flank Steak 3.6 lbs
Pastrami Squares 2.9 lbs.
Outside Skirt 2.2 lbs.
Inside skirt 2.5 lbs.
Boneless Brisket 16 lbs.
Ground Beef and Stew Meat  87.3 lbs
Fat and Bone 20.1 lbs. 

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

Beef Cut Weight
Tenderloin Steak 6.8lbs 
Porterhouse Steak 19.6 lbs. .
T-bone Steak 9.8 lbs.
Strip Steak 15 lbs.
Sirloin Steak 15.3 lbs..
Ground Beef and Stew Meat 22.7 lbs.
Fat and Bone 26.5 lbs.

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

Beef Cut Weight
Rib Roast 23.9 lbs.
Rib Steak 9.2 lbs.
Short Ribs 8.6 lbs.
Ground Beef and Stew Meat 16.5 lbs.
Fat and Bone 8.4 lbs.

Miscellaneous - 32.7 lbs. total, which is 5% of the dressed/hanging/carcass weight
Beef Cut Weight
Kidney and Hanging Tender 4.9 lbs
Fat, Suet and Cutting Loss 27.8 lbs.

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Sources and Credits  Visit the Ask The Meat Man website for a wealth of information about meats.  AskTheMeatMan also sells meat cut charts, posters, and supplies needed for processing meats.

Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.