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Calories in whole cow?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 24, 2011 at 10:17 PM

How many edible kcalories are in a whole cow (or similar animal), including organs, marrow, etc? What is the distribution of fat to protein? How does being grass or grain fed affect this?

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on August 10, 2012
at 08:42 AM

Why are you curious?

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 24, 2011
at 11:52 PM

That figure also wouldn't include the potential for edible marrow, super soft cooked bones, calories derived from both broth, etc.

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on February 24, 2011
at 10:38 PM

I would have to say that a whole cow contains *lots and lots* of calories. That's a scientific term, btw ;)

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5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

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on February 26, 2011
at 01:00 AM

The calories are irrelevant but there's lots of bio-available protein, healthy saturated fats, an unknown balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and flavor.

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on February 25, 2011
at 02:48 AM

Just dehydrate one, pulverize it and put it into a really big bomb calorimeter. This is like one of those guess the number of jelly beans things. My napkin-math gives 759,000 calories.

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on August 10, 2012
at 04:55 AM

Elvis ate 50,000 calories a day, sorry sort of off topic, but hey!

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on February 25, 2011
at 03:06 AM

You forgot to carry the 4, Travis.

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0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

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on February 25, 2011
at 01:37 AM

Over 100,000 calories. Easy.

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on February 24, 2011
at 11:28 PM

When a beef is slaughtered, it yields between 50-55% useable meat. Grassfed will yield more lean meat compared to CAFCo grain fed and finished.

I doubt that anyone really knows how many calories a beef yields. Call a slaughterhouse and see what they say.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 24, 2011
at 11:52 PM

That figure also wouldn't include the potential for edible marrow, super soft cooked bones, calories derived from both broth, etc.

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