What can you expect to get from a whole or half beef?
A steer will dress about 62% of his live weight. Dressed weight means how much the steer will weigh after the hide, feet, offal, etc. are removed. Meat cuts are made from the fore quarter (also known as the front quarter) and from the hind quarter.
The fore quarter will yield about 52% of the total dressed beef, and the hind quarter will yield about 48%.