Days in Paddock

Work out the approximate number of days to leave a specific number of cows in a paddock using either:

  • kgDM or bDM allocation per cow per day based on paddock size (ha or ac), cover (kgDM/ha or lbDM/ac) and residual (kgDM/ha or lbDM/ac).
Equation: ((cover - residual) x paddock size) ÷ (cows x kgDM/cow)
  • square meter or yard allocation per cow per day based on paddock size (ha or ac).
Equation metric: paddock size ÷ ((m2/cow/day x cows) ÷ 10 000)
  • These results can be used to calculate approximately where to put the break fence in a paddock based on primary fence length.
kgDM/Cow/Day or lbDM/Cow/Day

Work out approximately how many kg of dry matter per cow per day you will get from a paddock based on paddock size (ha or ac), cover (kgDM/ha or lbDM/ac), residual (kgDM/ha  or lbDM/ac), number of cows and number of days.

Equation: (cover - residual) x paddock size ÷ cows ÷ days
  • These results can be used to calculate approximately where to put the break fence in a paddock based on primary fence length.
Crop Allocation

Work out the approximate area of crop to allocate (in meters or yards squared) and  the approximate number of days you can leave the cows in a paddock based on yield (tDM/ha or tDM/ac), the number of cows, the kgDM/cow/day or lbDM/cow/day required and paddock area (ha or ac).

Crop Allocation Equation Metric: (((kgDM/cow/day ÷ yield) x 10) x cows
Number of Days Equation Metric: paddock area ÷ (crop allocation ÷ 10 000)
  • This result can be use to calculate approximately where to put the break fence based on primary fence length (m).
Pre-Grazing Cover

Work out the target pre-grazing cover or the paddock trigger level (kgDM/ha or lbDM/ac) based on stocking rate (cows/ha or cows/ac), intake (kgDM/cow/day or bDM/cow/day), round length or rotation (days) and the optimum residual (kgDM/ha or bDM/ha).

Equation: (stocking rate x intake x round length or rotation) + optimum residual
Average Pasture Cover

Work out the approximate average pasture cover for your farm based the pre-grazing cover and optimum residual. Enter the values directly or import them from the Pre-Grazing Cover calculator.

Equation: (pre-grazing cover + optimum residual) ÷ 2