Help for calculating stocking rate

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has revised its Using Animal Unit Month (AUM) Effectively fact sheet. AUM can be used to calculate suitable stocking rates for pastures under a wide variety of conditions, said forage/beef specialist Karin Lindquist.

The fact sheet includes sections on defining the animal unit, determining the AUM, differences in consumption rates, and more. The AUM definition can be used as a “starting point” to determine stocking rates once adjustments for animal size, consumption rates, and disappearance rates (for trampling and spoilage) are factored in.

The fact sheet can be found at www.agriculture.alberta.ca.

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