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Old 07-03-2009, 05:42 PM
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Maine and Vermont have the best pastures in the world (due to climate, temperature, rainfall, forage and soil) and during the summer we can only get 1 cow per acre as a stocking rate.

If you saw 20 cows to the acre in Ohio in print somewhere, then it was on the MIG system (Managed intensive grazing) but the duration is a lot shorter then what is referred to as a stocking density. In that context its not an actual stocking rate, but animal units, per acre, per day. In other words you may be able to get 20 cows per the acre in Ohio, but it would only be for 1 day, after that you would have to move them to a new paddock. Even then they would be crowded and prone to stress and subsequent diseases I would think.

We had this discussion on a sheep forum, and I got blasted for saying the stocking rate for sheep in Maine is between 5-8 sheep per acre. Some one said they had but 50 sheep per acre and he lived in Maine as well. Yes...but the real question is, for how long?

Stocking density is the number of animals per acre per growing season that acre of forage can support.
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Old 07-03-2009, 08:12 PM
Location: NW Nevada
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Funny thing...When I visited Hawaii we went 'riding' on a ranch on Kuaui. They were running beef cattle and I had heard that beef was big business there. These beef were standing belly deep in the lushest grass I had ever seen ...starving. They have to ship in alfalfa (a lot of it comes from my neck of the woods...cubes) to keep their herds alive. I guess the grass has no nutrients in it. They can't fatten up.. Kinda like trying to live on watermelon from what the gal told me. Seems an expensive way to run cattle. At least they don't have coyotes or cats. That makes calving time a bit easier.. It's not just the mere precense of feed, it's the quality of said feed as well. Your beef is what it eats.
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Old 07-08-2009, 03:21 PM
Location: I love the Ozarks
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Here ya go cowboy.
http://Morning Side Cattle Co.

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