Is Stocking Rate So Important?

Is Stocking Rate So Important?

R. Dwayne Rice, Rangeland Management Specialist, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Selecting the correct stocking rate for a pasture may be the most difficult, but also the most important, decision a manager can make. The problem would be greatly simplified if forage yields from pastures were the same year after year or fluctuated only between narrow limits. It is this unpredictability of forage yield that causes the difficulty.

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