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Infographic: The Meat Makers

Get the info you need to choose the best meat to raise on your hobby farm.

By Sue Weaver, Illustration by Tom Kimball

Raising meat on your hobby farm to feed your family is a noble venture, but it’s no small undertaking. Getting the quality meat from your livestock requires giving them quality care and attention. Before you invite livestock to the farm, spend some time thinking about what species and breeds you want to raise, the length of time is will require to grow your meat, and how much return on investment you will receive. Use the infographic below to compare different livestock species, and start thinking about what meat you can raise on your farm.

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Hi Nan,
Here's Cornell University's definition of dressing. I hope it helps!

The dressing percentage is the percent of the live animal that ends up as carcass. Generally, the carcass weight is taken immediately after skinning and evisceration and is commonly known as the hot hanging weight.
Hobby Farms Editor, Lexington, KY
Posted: 5/6/2015 6:08:21 AM
what does "dressing" mean?
Nan, Scottsdale, AZ
Posted: 5/5/2015 9:54:41 AM
It's really nice to have all this information in one place, and the visuals make it easy to read. I love infographics!
Ellen, Madison, WI
Posted: 3/27/2015 10:57:59 AM
how about goat?
Roy, Aitkin, MN
Posted: 10/27/2014 4:11:15 PM
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