Asked November 4, 2013, 1:23 PM EST

What is the rule of thumb for the number of cattle grazing on one acre of improved pasture here in the Smith County area?

Smith County Texas

1 Response

The weather, soil type, grass species, fertility, and so on, are all factors in determining the number of cattle per acre, but a rule of thumb for most places around Smith County is one cow per 3 to 5 acres. Stocking rates are usually figured on animal units, and an animal unit is usually figured as a 1,000-pound animal.

A soil test would be important to determine nutrient requirements in the soil and how to manage soil fertility. We have the soil test information sheets and soil test bags in our office, if that is something you want to pursue.