Live Weight Estimation of Livestock

It is easier to measure the weight of small sized livestock like poultry with physical balance but it is very hazy to measure the weight of large sized livestock like cattle, buffalo, pig, sheep, goat etc. For large sized livestock, the body weight can be estimated by measuring the length of body and girth.

Reasons to weigh animals:

  • Monitor animal health

  • Know weights before breeding

  • Measure feed conversion

  • Decide proper weaning time

  • Maximize benefits


The live weigh of cattle, buffalo, sheep and goat can be measured by measuring the body length and Girth.

Body Length


Length from point of shoulder to point of pinbone. Circumference of chest.



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