# Livestock Units Calculator

## What is A Livestock unit?

Livestock units (LSU) is a measure of the amount of forage required to sustain a particular type and number of livestock over a specific period of time, typically a year. It is used as a way to compare the forage needs of different types and numbers of livestock and to determine the carrying capacity of a piece of land for livestock grazing.

## Livestock Units Calculation Formula

There are several methods for calculating livestock units, but a commonly used method is based on the animal’s weight and the amount of forage required per unit of weight. Here is the formula for calculating LSU:

**LSU** = (Animal weight, in pounds) / (Forage requirement per unit weight, in pounds)