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Using a Grazing Stick to Determine Stocking Rates on Winter Pasture

Hugh Aljoe Chuck Coffey

By Hugh Aljoe, Director of Producer Relations
and Chuck Coffey, Retired Pasture and Range Consultant

Posted Dec. 18, 2013

A grazing stick can be used by cattle producers to help determine proper stocking rates. Chuck Coffey shows how to use this simple tool to take forage measurements in winter pasture. Hugh Aljoe, consultation program manager, then demonstrates how to use two calculators available on the Noble Research Institute's website to translate field data into carrying capacity and reserve herd days figures. Use of the grazing stick and the online calculators can help ranchers make better stocking rate decisions.