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#6340942 - 06/19/16 07:35 PM Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you.
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Folks often guess the weight of a hog. Some are pretty close, some are grossly in error and others purposely embellish.

Keep a cloth tape with you and take a Heart Girth Measurement for an estimated weight that is almost certain to be more accurate than your best guess. Place the tape just behind the front legs, snug it up and read the measurement.

Put this formula in your phone (for easy reference) or just snap a pic of the corresponding weights I have provided here and refer to that. In time....you will develop a reasonably good 'eye' for judging weights and you might be surprised to find out how many of the 300 lbs. hogs you've killed... were really 180-200 lbs.

Hope this helps.







Edited by flintknapper (06/19/16 07:50 PM)
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#6340978 - 06/19/16 08:07 PM Re: Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you. [Re: flintknapper]
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180....wag.... clap
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#6341217 - 06/19/16 11:29 PM Re: Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you. [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
180....wag.... clap


No, this Sow was actually pretty fat/heavy. Nothing in the first pic to offer any scale.

Here is the tape measurement and the following pic of that Sow ‘hanging’.

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#6341219 - 06/19/16 11:34 PM Re: Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you. [Re: flintknapper]
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Simple...

Heart girth __ inches times 10 minus 200.
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#6341399 - 06/20/16 08:00 AM Re: Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you. [Re: flintknapper]
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My measurements always range in the 50 - 60 inch range... rofl

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#6341507 - 06/20/16 09:29 AM Re: Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you. [Re: dfwroadkill]
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Originally Posted By: dfwroadkill
My measurements always range in the 50 - 60 inch range... rofl


Hah, no need for a tape then!

You can just 'reach' around them and verify an approximate weight. grin
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#6341577 - 06/20/16 10:24 AM Re: Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you. [Re: flintknapper]
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Guess I am buying a tape today on way home.

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#6341620 - 06/20/16 10:56 AM Re: Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you. [Re: dfwroadkill]
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Originally Posted By: dfwroadkill
My measurements always range in the 50 - 60 inch range... rofl


Cut off the first 20" of tape again? Its the only way to be sure. cheers


Edited by Double Naught Spy (06/20/16 10:57 AM)
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#6341672 - 06/20/16 11:42 AM Re: Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you. [Re: Double Naught Spy]
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Originally Posted By: flintknapper
Originally Posted By: dfwroadkill
My measurements always range in the 50 - 60 inch range... rofl


Hah, no need for a tape then!

You can just 'reach' around them and verify an approximate weight. grin



DNS always brings that tape that measures short... muyloco


Originally Posted By: Double Naught Spy
Cut off the first 20" of tape again? Its the only way to be sure. cheers


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#6341837 - 06/20/16 01:40 PM Re: Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you. [Re: Double Naught Spy]
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Originally Posted By: Double Naught Spy
Simple...

Heart girth __ inches times 10 minus 200.

I may try to remember that. I've just been going with 30 inches = 100 Lbs, each additional inch adds ten pounds.
It amounts the the same thing, just a matter of what's easier to remember. The math isn't difficult either way.
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#6345348 - 06/23/16 03:22 PM Re: Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you. [Re: flintknapper]
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Thanks for sharing this. Guess I will have to start carrying around a tape measure now.
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#6345560 - 06/23/16 06:19 PM Re: Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you. [Re: flintknapper]
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Thanks Flint, we'll check that out on the next few and report results.
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#6345791 - 06/23/16 09:44 PM Re: Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you. [Re: Halfadozen]
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Originally Posted By: Halfadozen
Thanks Flint, we'll check that out on the next few and report results.


On most hogs...most places, it is surprisingly accurate. When I first started using the method (probably 10 years ago) I made it a point to weigh the hogs and compare. I stopped weighing after a couple dozen...because the tape method was pretty darn close.

I'm sure my scale isn't 100% accurate, but the figures were plenty close enough.

Naturally, there will be places where hogs have better habitat than others so some variance is to be expected.

Also, pregnant Sows will weigh more than the tape suggests, since they are 'heavy' aft of the area (heart girth) to be measured.

Boars with especially long hair (particularly if caked with mud) will come in a bit under what the tape suggests...because you can't pull the tape tight enough to the hide.

Still, it serves me well for most hogs.
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#6347928 - 06/26/16 07:09 AM Re: Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you. [Re: flintknapper]
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Thanks, like guessing fish weight I always try to guess light, now I will use this formula.
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#6349229 - 06/27/16 10:39 AM Re: Approximate Hog Weight...making it easy for you. [Re: flintknapper]
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My vote for a sticky thread at the top.

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