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Was just wondering in a 1000 lb steer how much filet mignon will there be? (approx) We will not be getting any porterhouse steaks. Also, how many back ribs? Thank you very much for your help in advance. Diane

-- Diane Crother (, October 14, 2001


I'll take a stab at answering your question. A 1,000 pound quality carcass will produce about 75 pounds of prime cuts. Of these, filet mignon would represent a small portion, say 6-8 pounds. A side of ribs is, I believe, normally 12 ribs, thus you would have about 24 ribs, give or take.

-- Ken S. in WC TN (, October 14, 2001.

A 1000# steer should dress out 600# You will have 2 fillet mignon , one from each side of the beef. The fillet is the small side of the loin steaks T-bone,porterhouse and even the sirloin.If you take the fillet portion out , you will get sirloin "butt" steaks and bone-in New York strip steaks the steaks cut at 3/4 of an inch should yield , 14 sirloin and 32 new york strips per steer. The back ribs you asked about, on a beef , come from the Rib steak section made up of 7 bones the boneless rib section that is left are ribeye steaks aka delmonico steaks .each slab of "bones" weighs about 3-4 lbs or a total of 6-8 lbs per steer. We always feel it is better to get a bit of fillet in every loin steak so we don't "strip" our fillets out. This is a matter of choice. However yor butcher may charge extra for the additional work of stripping out the fillets. Hope this answers your question... by the way a 600# steer carcass will only "bring home about 400# of meat that includes all cuts , soup bones, and ground meat. Ps. I was a butcher for quite a while specialized in custom processing , and all phases of meat cutting. Ask me anything anytime I'll be glad to help

-- Ralph Rice (, October 15, 2001.

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