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Information on Livestock Units

Information on livestock units

Class of Stock

Livestock Units (per head)

Ewes* (including suckling lambs)

0.15

Other sheep

0.15

Goats

0.15

Cows (including suckling calves)

1.0

Other cattle (6 - 24 months)

0.6

Other cattle (24 months and over)

1.0

Farmed Deer:
Adult stags (27 months and over)

0.4

Farmed Deer:
Hinds, including suckling calves (27 months and over)

0.3

Farmed Deer:
Juveniles (6 to 27 months)

0.2

Alpacas

0.3

Livestock update

All livestock in the above categories and maintained on the area in question, including heifers and other stock regardless of whether or not they receive subsidy, should be included in the calculation.

The stocking density is arrived at by dividing the total number of livestock units by the area (in hectares).

Where the prescription involves a stocking density expressed as an annual equivalent the livestock units should be adjusted to take account of the length of time the stock are kept on the area (e.g. 10 cows maintained on five hectares for three months equate to an annual stocking density of 10/5 x 3/12 = 0.5LU/ha).