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Stocking rate is the amount of land that may be used to graze cattle or other herbivores for a specific period of time. The stocking rate varies due to factors such as the fertility of the land, the kind of vegetation that flourishes on it, the ability of the grazed vegetation to recover from grazing, the food value of the vegetation, and the long term damage that may occur. The stocking rate is a tool of grazing management. In the wild, herbivores move about a range so that their grazing does not systematically reduce whole areas. However, in animal husbandry operations grazing animals are confined to an area that can soon be overgrazed if management limits are not assigned to how long they stay in ...

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