The stocking rate of livestock on a pasture is known to have a significant impact on both forage productivity and financial profitability of an operation. Too many animals in a field results in overgrazing and the need to provide costly supplemental feed; too few animals results in underutilized forages and therefore lost income. While many factors influence how many animals a farm can carry, soil type has a major influence and should be considered when purchasing, leasing, planning, or managing livestock on pastures.
Smith, S. Ray and Lea, Krista, "Estimating Carrying Capacity of Cool-Season Pastures in Kentucky using Web Soil Survey" (2016). Agriculture and Natural Resources Publications. Paper 96.