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    We used the string method for measuring (length X girth X girth / 400) to estimate weight on our butcher hog and it was almost exact, that hog was a mongrel mix we picked up for butcher. I have read that it does not work for Large Blacks. Has anyone done that before a slaughter and compared the difference. I am going to measure one of our gilts in March when I take her to the butcher but was wondering if anyone else has compared measuring this way against butcher weight.

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    Member: WI jmcs_3jmcs_3

    We use the string method on our hogs. The string is a better estimate as our hogs are longer than the hog tape allows! Right now this works for us, however if you are strictly pork production, I think it would be important to have a livestock scale. Melissa

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    Member: OK Jennifer LedlowJennifer Ledlow

    We measured our sow at 376 with the string method and the butcher weighed her at 350, so it wasn’t exact but it was nice to have a general idea.

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    Member: GA Bob HaylesBob Hayles

    Newbie question…explain the string method please.

    I know (or think) the girth is measured immediately behind the front shoulders (I know…front…shoulder…redundant) but don’t know the starting/ending point for length. I also need tpo know the mathematical equation to use.

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    Member: WI NorthernMarshNorthernMarsh


    The way it was explained to me:
    Wrap the string around the torso/rib cage, keeping it as vertical and straight as you can, directly behind the front shoulders. Length should be from the base of the skull, between the ears down along the spine to the base of the tail.

    Keep all measurements in inches to get the answer in pounds.

    Hope that helps,


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    Member: GA Bob HaylesBob Hayles

    Just what I was looking for Sam. Thanks.


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