Enter the live weight and dressing percentage into the calculator to determine the beef yield. This calculator can also evaluate any of the variables given the others are known.

Beef Yield Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the beef yield.

BY = (LW * DP) / 100


  • BY is the beef yield LW is the live weight of the animal DP is the dressing percentage

To calculate the beef yield, multiply the live weight of the animal by the dressing percentage, then divide the result by 100. The result is the beef yield in pounds or kilograms, depending on the units used for the live weight.

What is a Beef Yield?

Beef yield refers to the amount of usable meat that is obtained from a cow or steer after it has been slaughtered and processed. It is usually expressed as a percentage of the animal’s live weight. Factors that can affect beef yield include the animal’s breed, age, sex, feed, and how it was raised. The yield can also be influenced by the method of butchering and the cuts of meat that are produced.

How to Calculate Beef Yield?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Beef Yield.

  1. First, determine the live weight of the animal (LW).
  2. Next, determine the dressing percentage (DP).
  3. Next, gather the formula from above = BY = (LW * DP) / 100.
  4. Finally, calculate the Beef Yield (BY).
  5. After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

Example Problem : 

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

Live weight of the animal (LW) = 500

Dressing percentage (DP) = 65