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Table 1 Average carcass weight (kg) of slaughtered reindeer recorded from the 1950s until 2015

From: Can management buffer pasture loss and fragmentation for Sami reindeer herding in Sweden?

Year Females Males Calves Notes
1950s 32 kg 25/47 kg 20 kg Mountain reindeer Oct–Dec
1985 26/37 kg 29/39 kg 18 kg Suggested as normal weights§
2005 32.2 kg 43.2 kg 21.2 kg Whole reindeer husbandry area
2015 33.7 kg 43.4 kg 21.1 kg Whole reindeer husbandry area
  1. “Calves” are animals of both sexes under 1 year of age. “Females” and “Males” are animals older than 1 year. The category “Males” does not include castrates
  2. Source: Kungliga utrikesdepartementet (1967), Chapter VII Table 6 (p. 279)
  3. §Weights for 1985 are divided into young (1–2 years old) and older females and males, respectively. Source: Lantbruksstyrelsen/Rennäringsenheten (1985), Table 28 (p. 37)
  4. Original data from the Swedish Sami Parliament
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