Forage Production and Carrying Capacity: Guidelines for Setting a Proper Stocking Rate
University of Idaho
The most important decision for successful range management is setting a proper stocking rate. The stocking rate affects rangeland health and productivity, livestock production, and economic returns. Because of its importance, much rangeland research has focused on answering the question, "what is the proper stocking rate?" However, like many important questions in life, it is not easily answered. The objectives of this paper are to explore the concept of "proper" stocking and offer some tools for setting an initial stocking rate.