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Pork Processing Percentages


This chart should help you understand and it shows the amount of meat to be processed, the weight that the customer can expect to receive, and the percentage of loss through boning, fat removal, and trimmings. These authoritative charts are the results of many cutting test made by meat experts.
Of course, it must be realized by consumers that the size of the animal, the amount of fat, the grade of the meat, and the amount of trimming and boning that is done by the meat processor all affects the percentage of meat that the consumer will receive. This chart can be considered as a guide to give some ideal of the amount of meat to be received.
Count on the cuts below, 52 lbs from an average side of a 215 lb live hog. It is possible to buy whole pork loins at some markets. A clearly trimmed loin will have no waste. From a 150 lb carcass, a loin might weigh 9 lbs.



Take-home meat to expect from a 75 lb. half-pig
(Trimmed cuts as usually found at retail)
Cuts Weight Percent
Ham, fresh or cured 12 lbs 16%
Loin roast, chops 9 lbs 12%
Bacon 10 lbs 13%
Spareribs 2 lbs 3%
Shoulder butt roasts, chops 6 lbs 8%
Shoulder picnic, fresh, cured 7 lbs 9%
Sausage 6 lbs 8%
Meat total 52 lbs 69%
Lard 15 lbs 20%
Bone, fat & trimmings 8 lbs 11%


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