Distribution of Retail Cuts in a Weaned Boer Market Kid    

tatiana Stanton, 2009
(Cornell Small Ruminant Extension Specialist)

Here is an example of how retail cuts were distributed on one 7 month old high percentage Boer goat kid wether.   Kid was pasture raised.  Kid had not been weaned and herd was supplemented with buckwheat middlings.  Please note that these parameters often vary from goat to goat for many reasons including individual differences in genetics and management, farm differences in genetics and management, and differences between butchers in terms of amount of trim taken, what cuts the carcass is cut up into, etc.  For example, another wether slaughtered from the same farm at the same time had a live weight of 83 lbs and a hanging carcass weight of 42.5 lb but only 27.5 lbs of marketable cuts.   

Kid carcass breakdown into marketable cuts

Live weight 77 lb
Hanging carcass weight
(hide off, head off)
39.5 lb
Dressing percentage 51%
Shoulder roasts (2) and neck roasts (2) 6 lb
Arm steaks from rest of shoulder (4) 2.6 lb
Blade steaks (4) 2.2 lb
Shanks* (2) and breasts (2) 2.2 lb
Bone in sirloins (2) 2 lb
Standard bone in leg roasts (2)
with sirloins removed
7.4 lb
Ribs (2 sets) and flank (2) 4 lb
Rib chops and loin chops 4.6 lb
Total weight of marketable cuts 31 lb
Percentage of marketable cuts to hanging carcass weight 78.4%
Percentage of marketable cuts to live weight 40.3%

*foreshanks or trotters