May is generally the month of greatest forage production for most producers in the south. As such, it is tempting to increase cow-calf numbers to take advantage of any surplus forage.
However, if ranches are stocked to utilize all the forage at peak production, it means that the rest of the year the property is overstocked. When managing stocking rates, keep forage production patterns in mind so that stocking rates are appropriate throughout the year.
It is also worth considering to stock at 80%, or a level below maximum capacity, to allow for drought and any adverse weather conditions.