Dressing percentages for cattle


'Dressing percentage' is a factor used to calculate carcase weight from a known or estimated liveweight. It is also used to compare liveweight prices with dressed weight prices. The ability to determine dressing percentage allows a producer to estimate the carcase weight of a live animal, for example to compare the price that would be received on a liveweight basis with the price received on a carcase value basis.

This Primefact covers:

  • factors affecting dressing percentage;
  • guide to dressing percentages;
  • allowing for loss of gutfill;
  • lotfed versus grainfed;
  • other factors affecting dressing percentage.


Primefact 340 First Edition

Published: 01 Jan 2007