Stocking rate of cattle
Does anyone know how many cattle, or livestock units equivalent can be stocked in paddocks?
I'm doing a design, but know little about cattle & I can't find many sources that have this info.
I'm in Zimbabwe, sub-tropical, ~825mm each wet season & no rainfall for the rest of the year; 1450m above sea level. Deep granitic sands. Currently it is open range where the cows wander around all over the place, munching on veld grass in the summer (rainy) season, and whatever they can find in the dry.
As part of the design I want to create paddocks that are surrounded by fodder trees (leucaena, tagasaste, etc), and with larger trees (eg. carob, Inga) planted (& fenced) in the paddocks. I have about 12 hectares that I can use, but want to save some land for increasing the remnant bushland and some other land for a woodlot.
I'm trying to work out (i) how big should the paddocks be; and (ii) how many cattle is it ok to stock, given a 3-7 day rotation based on the condition of the pasture.
Fodder trees will be fenced during wet season so that there will be green fodder during the dry season. There will also be a hectare of fodder bank set aside, purely for cut & carry feed in very dry periods.
Any help greatly appreciated!
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