Initial stocking rates should reflect the productive capacity of the pasture. Factors such as forage species, soil zone, soil texture, fertility level, growing conditions, condition and age of stand all impact forage yield, and consequently the initial stocking rate. Stocking rate histories on similar fields in the same area can help determine the number of animals to introduce on an area of land for a given period of time. The stocking rates contained within this publication are generalized for Saskatchewan soil zones and represent average stocking rates under various conditions. Forage utilization is assumed at 70 per cent of available forage.
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