How much meat does a cow provide?

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On average, a beef steer weighs over 1000 pounds, but the entire cow doesn’t make it to the table. There are a lot of gory details about this that I’m not going to get into. Trust me when I say that less than half of the total weight of a cow will result in edible meat. An average cow will provide nearly 400 pounds of beef.

Here is a general breakdown:

85 pounds of ground beef
85 pounds of steaks or round roasts
90 pounds of steaks or chuck roasts
80 pounds of rib and loin steaks
50 pounds of other cuts (brisket, skirt, flank, etc.)

Let’s break this down using these weights:

Ground beef = 4 ounces
Steak = 12 ounces
Pot roast = 4 pounds
Ribs = 3 pounds
Brisket = 12 pounds

Using these weights, a single cow will provide the following:

340 hamburger patties (ground beef)
85 steaks
22.5 pot roasts
26.6 ribs
12.5 briskets

INTERESTING FACTS
  1. More than 100 medicines come from cattle.
  2. Beef consumed in its raw form is called steak tartare.
  3. Brazil has more cows than people.
  4. Cattle have one stomach with four compartments which allows them to eat and digest grass.
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INTERESTING REFERENCES
  1. oda.state.ok.us – Untitled PDF 
  2. MeatChris.com – How much meat will I take home?
  3. SoftSchools.com – Beef facts

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