2.06 - Comparing feed on offer to stocking rate
To compare feed on offer to stocking rate follow the equations below:
A: Over or under supply of feed
(Total Feed on Offer in DSE days) - (Total planned stocking rate in DSE days) = Feed vs stocking rate ratio
If the answer to the equation is negative, demand for feed is greater than supply (overstocked).
If the answer is positive, demand for feed is less than supply (stocking rate is less than carrying capacity). You could put more stock on or leave the excess feed for the country to regenerate.
B: Stocking rate adjustments
(Number of days the feed has to last) ÷ (Answer to equation A) = Number of DSE to adjust stocking rate by
C: Class of stock used to adjust stocking rate
Determine the class of stock that will be used to adjust stocking rate (e.g. dry cows) and use the equation below:
(Average DSE per head for the class of stock) ÷ (Answer to equation B) = Number of animals to adjust stocking rate by without exceeding carrying capacity