Hanging Weight. The weight of the side before being cut up and processed. HW is roughly 65% of live weight. The finished weight is roughly 65% of hanging weight.
Side, Half Side. Side is the left or right half of the animal. A half side is a 1/4 of the animal, but equal cuts from each side.
Steer, Heifer. Male and female respectively.
Freezer Space Needed. Roughly 9 cubic feet needed for a side of beef. Roughly 5 cubic feet needed for a pig.