September 17, 2020

LSU & DSE Stocking Rate Tables

At Mobble we service farmers all over Australia and New Zealand, where stocking units are different depending on where you farm. Northern Australian cattle farms often use the cattle Livestock Unit (LSU). In contrast, producers from southern Aus will use the Dry Sheep Equivalent (DSE) unit, and New Zealand farmers often use the Ewe Equivalent (EE) unit.

These online tables below can be used to calculate the stocking rates for sheep, cattle, goats, kangaroos, rabbits and horses on your enterprise. Best of luck - we hope it helps!

Note: the New Zealand EE is very similar to the Australian DSE for sheep, so we have simplified and combined the two under the DSE unit.

Breeding Cattle

Dry Cattle Pregnant Cows Lactating Cows + Calf
Liveweight (kg) DSE LSU DSE LSU DSE LSU
400 6.38 0.94 7.52 1.09 13.4 1.94
500 7.09 1.03 8.37 1.21 15.18 2.2
600 8.37 1.21 9.65 1.4 17.81 2.58
700 9.65 1.4 10.98 1.59 20.26 2.94
800 10.96 1.59 12.36 1.79 22.69 3.29
900 12.28 1.78 13.58 1.97 25.13 3.64

Breeding Sheep - Merinos

MERINO Dry Pregnant Lactating
DSE LSU DSE LSU DSE LSU
Liveweight (kg)
Single Twins Single Twins Single Twins Single Twins
40 0.85 0.12 1.09 1.27 0.16 0.18 2.07 2.87 0.3 0.42
50 1 0.14 1.26 1.45 0.18 0.21 2.47 3.43 0.36 0.5
60 1.15 0.17 1.42 1.62 0.21 0.23 2.87 4.09 0.42 0.59
70 1.29 0.19 1.6 1.8 0.23 0.26 3.26 4.62 0.47 0.67
80 1.44 0.21 1.77 1.96 0.26 0.28 3.64 5.15 0.53 0.75

Breeding Sheep - Crossbreds

CROSSBRED Dry Pregnant Lactating
DSE LSU DSE LSU DSE LSU
Liveweight (kg) Single Twins Single Twins Single Twins Single Twins
40 0.86 0.12 1.12 1.31 0.16 0.19 2.23 3.11 0.32 0.45
50 1.01 0.15 1.29 1.53 0.19 0.22 2.68 3.45 0.39 0.53
60 1.14 0.17 1.45 1.67 0.21 0.24 3.05 4.23 0.44 0.61
70 1.31 0.19 1.62 1.84 0.23 0.27 3.52 4.84 0.51 0.7
80 1.43 0.21 1.78 2.01 0.26 0.29 3.81 5.25 0.55 0.76

Goats

GOATS DSE LSU
Dry Angora 1 0.17
Breeding Angora 1.5 0.22
Dry milk or meat goat 1.5 0.22
Milk or meat goat - lactating 3 0.27
Billy 1.56 0.23

Horses

HORSES DSE LSU
Pony 5 1.57
Horse 10 2
Lactating Mare 16 2.5
Stallion 16 2.5

Rabbits & Kangaroos

Vermin DSE
Rabbit 0.07
Kangaroo 0.7

Information sourced from RCS Australia resource toolbox - for more in depth tables we recommend you go to the RCS website and download the free AU (Animal Unit) calculators.

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