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How Much Food Does Your Livestock Eat? 

Knowing how much forage pastures produce combined with how much food animals eat can tell a rancher how many animals they can sustainably raise.
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Knowing how much forage pastures produce combined with how much food animals eat can tell a rancher how many animals they can sustainably raise, according to the National Grazing Lands Coalition

Download the Forage Consumption Estimates to find out how much an animal should eat per day, month and year. Figures are based on a daily air-dry matter intake of 2.2 to 3 percent of body weight, depending on the nutritional demands for the type and class of livestock and wildlife. Wildlife values are based on the nutritional needs of average-sized breeding females.  

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