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Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Dead weight vs live weight
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:54:28 pm »
What's the percentage of deadweight to liveweight for pigs? Collected my pork today and one killed out at 50 the other at 60kgs - butcher was saying it is about 60%?  These were OSB gilts.

If that's so one must have been about 100kgs at 26 weeks!!! Even if less I am mightily pleased - goatsmilk really was good for them then! Good covering of fat, about what I expected.

Hopewell

  • Joined Apr 2011
Re: Dead weight vs live weight
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2012, 10:41:53 pm »
Killing out percentage for pigs is usually quoted as being about 75-76%. A figure of 60% sounds more like cattle. Pigs are a lot higher as the head, trotters, skin etc is normally quoted in the KO%

robert waddell

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Re: Dead weight vs live weight
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2012, 10:45:34 pm »
yes but yours were skinned and there is some weight in a skin also if the head and trotters were left :farmer:
ps the only way to know is weigh them before they go

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Dead weight vs live weight
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2012, 10:07:41 pm »
ps the only way to know is weigh them before they go

Thanks, we would have weighed them (bought a weighing crate last year), but it was so muddy that there was no way to get the crate anywhere near the pig enclosure.... I had to hose them down once in the trailer, which resulted in all three of us (the two pigs and I) being clean...

robert waddell

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Re: Dead weight vs live weight
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2012, 10:25:54 pm »
just as a warning to others if the pigs are mucky the slaughter house can reject them  we wash our ones even the trotters :farmer:

 

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