Ludi Ludi wrote:
You need to find out what the carrying capacity is of the land you plan to buy. Carrying capacity is expressed in Animal Units. And Animal Unit is a mature 1000 lb cow. Other types of animals are calculated in Animal Unit equivalents.
Here's an animal unit calculator: http://184.108.40.206/nmp/calculator.cfm
So if I came up with 6 A.U. That means....what? 6 acres, or carrying capacity x 6 = number of acres?
jacque g wrote:
Can't speak to the animal units.
John Jeavons says that if you plan to grow your own plant materials for compost, you need about 3 times your garden area. He also has methods for calculating how much garden area you need per person for an annual supply. This will of course vary by what you like to eat, but it's a starting point.
without saying too much horse won't enhance the productivity of you land if they are being considered.
ok here goes,
carrying rate is eg.,. 1 beast per 6 acres, so if you buy 6 acres then there is only room for that beast nothing else. so then you need 12 cares for that one beast so yu can have rotational grazing and allow one paddock to rest.
the equation doesn't change tinknal,
would mean a lot more fencing then that one animal need access to water in all paddocks, plus shade, and animals like to sleep under some sort of shelter, you may have to provide enough food for the night time plus water, a sleeping area secure from ferel dogs and other maurauding critters might be the go.
they do need shade to lay under and chew their cud, we also had app' 20 acres of treed habitat with light grazing, good for permaculture.
some explantation on the AU factor please i have been letting slide a bit. i missed it somewhere.
i'm talking sustainable natural pastures, in permaculture i would see improved irrigated pastures as not being desirable, no one should ever water grass, a waste of a valuable resource. so we rely on rainfall and build in margins to cope with less of it when those seasons occur.
No, the calculation includes any needed hay ground.
if making hay to carry over winter needs to be factored in then that means even more land, that would be calculated at a rate detemined by how much hay you needed for whatever period. changes the whole formula. down here we don't need to do any hay making though the grass growth slows through winter.