Post Number: 2
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 04:23 am: |
I'm currently doing part time research for Texas A&M. We are assisting USDA assess the impact of livestock production on water quality. The 2002 Agricultural Census listed deer and elk production as part of the livestock category. In order to compare deer and elk production to other livestock groups we convert number of livestock as reported in the Ag Census to 1000 pound animal units; i. e. how many deer, elk, chickens, etc does it take to make a 1000 pounds.
In order to make the conversion to 1000 pound animal units we assume an average weight per animal and divide into 1000. The more common livestock groups have numerous publications listing harvest weights from which an average weight per animal can be estimated, but I've failed to find the same type of information for farmed deer and elk.
Would appreciate any information or direction you would care to provide