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Permalink How can I determine proper cattle-stocking rates for my property?

Answer: There is no simple answer for your correct stocking rate. The number of animals your land can support depends on many factors, including forage type and density, climate (temperature, rainfall), soils, grazing management, livestock species, and more. It will be different from farm to farm and even different on the same farm from year to year.

For more information, consult the ATTRA publication Pasture, Rangeland and Grazing Management. This publication covers many aspects of grazing management, including how to calculate stocking rates. It is available at

In addition, staff at your local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office can help you determine stocking rate. They will be familiar with the soils and forages in your area and will be able to tell you what typical stocking rates are for your area. You can find your local NRCS office at



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