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Animal unit refers to a measure of numbers of livestock equivalent to a mature cow. It is used to calculate the amount of pasture space and animal feed necessary for a group of livestock.
The following is an example of a case law on animal unit:
An animal unit shall be construed as a unit of measure used to compare relative differences in the odor producing characteristics of animal wastes. [Richardson v. Township of Brady, 218 F.3d 508 (6th Cir. 2000)].