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

Dressing Percentage Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the dressing percentage.

DP = (CW / LW) * 100


  • DP is the dressing percentage CW is the carcass weight LW is the live weight

To calculate the dressing percentage, divide the carcass weight by the live weight, then multiply the result by 100. This will give you the dressing percentage, which is the proportion of the live animal’s weight that is usable meat.

What is a Dressing Percentage?

Dressing percentage is a term used in the meat industry to refer to the proportion of a live animal’s weight that is usable meat after slaughter. It is calculated by dividing the weight of the carcass by the live weight of the animal before slaughter, then multiplying by 100 to get a percentage. Factors that can affect the dressing percentage include the animal’s species, breed, sex, age, and fatness, as well as the method of slaughter and carcass preparation.

How to Calculate Dressing Percentage?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Dressing Percentage.

  1. First, determine the Carcass Weight (CW) in pounds.
  2. Next, determine the Live Weight (LW) in pounds.
  3. Next, use the formula DP = (CW / LW) * 100 to calculate the Dressing Percentage.
  4. Finally, calculate the Dressing Percentage.
  5. After inserting the values for CW and LW 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.

Carcass Weight (CW) = 250 pounds

Live Weight (LW) = 400 pounds