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Estimating live weight

Cattle and buffaloes

Measure the chest girth of large ruminants with a tape measure or a string. Use the table below to estimate the weight.

Girth
(cm)

Weight
(kg)

Girth
(cm)

Weight
(kg)

Girth
(cm)

Weight
(kg)

65

35

125

170

185

508

70

40

130

190

190

552

75

45

135

210

195

598

80

50

140

230

200

648

85

59

145

252

205

698

90

69

150

272

210

748

95

79

155

295

215

798

100

89

160

325

220

850

105

103

165

360

225

905

110

118

170

392

230

969

115

134

175

427



120

150

180

467



Source: Veterinary Research Institute, Sri Lanka

Small ruminants

Measure the heart girth of small ruminants (goats or sheep) using a tape measure or string. Pull the tape tight. Use the table below to estimate the weight.

Heart girth

Body weight

Heart girth

Body weight

(in)

(cm)

(Ib)

(kg)

(in)

(cm)

(lb)

(kg)

10 ¾

27.3

5

2.3

18 ¾

47.6

25

11.3

11 ¼

28.6

2.5

19¼

48.9

27

12.2

11 ¾

29.9

6

2.7

19 ¾

50.2

29

13.2

12 ¼

31.1

3

20 ¼

51.4

31

14.1

12 3/

32.4

7

3.2

20 ¾

52.7

33

15

13 ¼

33.7

8

3.6

21 ¼

53.9

35

15.9

13 ¾

34.9

9

4.1

21 ¾

55.3

37

16.8

14 ¼

36.2

10

4.5

22 ¼

56.5

39

17.7

14 ¾

37.5

11

5

22 ¾

57.8

42

19.1

15 ¼

38.7

12

5.4

23¼

59.1

45

20.4

15 ¾

40

13

5.9

23 ¾

60.3

48

21.8

16 ¼

41.3

15

6.8

24¼

61.6

51

23.1

16 ¾

42.7

17

7.7

24 ¾

62.9

54

24.5

17¼

43.8

19

8.6

25¼

64.1

57

25.8

17 ¾

45.1

21

9.5

25 ¾

65.4

60

27.2

18 ¼

46.4

23

10.4

26 ¼

66 7

63

28.6

Heart girth

Body weight

(in)

(cm)

(lb)

(kg)

26¾

67.9

66

29.9

27¼

69.2

69

31.3

27¾

70.5

72

32.7

28 ¼

71.7

75

34

28¾

73

78

35.4

29 ¼

74.3

81

36.7

29 ¾

75.6

84

38.1

30¼

76.8

87

39.5

30¾

78

90

40.8

31 ¼

79.4

93

42.2

31¾

80.7

97

44

32 ¼

81.9

101

45.8

32 ¾

83.2

105

47.6

33¼

84.5

110

499

33¾

85.7

115

52.2

34 ¼

87

120

54.4

34 ¾

88.3

125

56.7

35 ¼

89.5

130

59

35 ¾

90.8

135

61.2

36¼

92.1

140

63.5

36 ¾

93.4

145

65.8

37 ¼

94.6

150

68.1

37 ¾

95.9

155

70.3

38 ¼

97.2

160

72.6

38 ¾

98.4

165

74.8

39¼

99.7

170

77.1

39 ¾

101

175

79.4

40¼

102.2

180

81.6

40 ¾

103.5

185

83.9

41 ¼

104.8

190

86.2

41¾

106.1

195

88.4

Source: Sinn (1983)

Swine

Live weight of swine can be estimated by measuring the body length (from the back of the head to the tail head) and the heart girth of the animal with a tape measure. Using the table below, an approximate weight can be calculated. For example, if the body length is 130 cm and the heart girth 110 cm, the swine weighs about 105 kg.


Swine


Body length