Friday, February 26, 2021
Stocking Rates Vs Grazing Days, Recovery Rates and Necessary Impact
People have asked why I like to look at grazing days over stocking rates. By converting from the traditional stocking values of AUM' (to grazing days) it gives us a more precise measurement of how much we have actually grazed, and a better idea of how to plan for the future, especially on diverse rangelands where we need to be flexible with our grazing plans. For example, the project I've been working on for just over a year, is in an area where, under conventional management, the stocking rates are between 90 and 100 acres per cow. Fiuring the higher stocking rate of 90 acres per cow, this would rate the 3,500 acres I'm working with at 38.8 cows or 466.6 AUM's.By multiplying the number of cows it is rated for by 365, we come up with 14,162 "grazing days." Approximately 1,200 acres of this property is abandoned farmland which when I took over management was dormant tumbleweeds. While most people look at dormant tumbleweeds as something with no feed value, the reality, shown in the forage test below, is that they retain a fair amount of feed value even a year later. podcast.