Bulls and cows are the most important animals in agriculture. They are used to obtain meat, milk and leather. They are bred in huge numbers all over the world and are used as another type of livestock. Often, when handling this kind of cattle, there is a need to know its weight. How to do this if the animal is not yet going to slaughter or in the case when it is already dead?
Measure the animal in the morning before it eats. This will help you get as close as possible to the correct result, since during the day the weight of the bull changes depending on various factors - the contents in the stomach, bladder, intestines, water content in the body (which is also not a constant value). So get up early, grab a measuring tape and go to the pen.
Find out the girth of the animal's chest behind its shoulder blades. To do this, you must first force the bull to stand correctly - straight, head level with the back. Then (it's easier to do this together) wrap a measuring tape around his torso. Note the length of the measured section of the animal's body.
Measure the oblique length of the bull's torso. It is also measured with a centimeter tape, only this time the measurement comes from the shoulder-scapular joint to the root of the tail. The shoulder joint is the convex part of the body located above the front leg of the animal. See the image below in order not to be mistaken in choosing the points between which you need to measure the distance.
Record both measurements. Now consider the table below. With it, you can determine the approximate live weight of the animal, having the data you obtained in the previous steps. In order to determine this weight, find the value that matches the one you measured in the column for the girth of the body behind the shoulder blades. Then find in the top line the value for the oblique torso girth that you found. Now find the intersection of these two parameters. This is the approximate weight of your animal.
Place the animal on the scale if you can. This is the easiest way out, although when using it, do not forget that the weight of the animal is also measured in the morning, before feeding, and changes during the day.
Measure the weight of the slaughtered animal with a scale. However, this weight is different from the weight of the living. To measure slaughter weight, weigh only the body of the bull, without the head, lower legs and internal organs.