Rural Heritage Ox Paddock

Estimate Your Ox's Weight
by Mackenzie Chauncey

Periodically measuring and recording the weight of each ox in a team lets you adjust the amount of feed for the faster-growing ox to keep both animals close to the same size. To estimate an ox's weight, measure its girth and length as show in the illustration, enter those numbers in the fields provided below, and click on the "Weight Estimate" button. If you wish to keep records for several oxen, enter each ox's name before printing the page showing its estimated weight.

Girth is the circumference of the ox's body 4" behind its front legs.

Length is the length of the ox's body as measured in a straight line from the pinbone to the point of shoulder.

how to measure

Ox's Name:

Measurements are in: inches centimeters

Girth: Length:


Mackenzie Chauncey is the primary author of the 4-H WORKING STEER MANUAL from which the above has been adapted with permission. The 44-page 8.5"x11" manual is available for $5.00 postpaid from the University of New Hampshire Extension Publications Office, Nesmith Hall, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824. Artwork is by Analesa Harvey.

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