Research reports from Oklahoma and Illinois detail costs, returns.
Researchers in Oklahoma and Illinois recently released cost-saving details of their experiments with feed-finishing calves in a pasture setting.
The experiments ran from the late 1990s until 2006, when corn was considerably cheaper. Then the savings could be $20 to $60/head over confined feeding in a dry lot.
The higher feed costs imply possibly twice that much savings.
All these experiments were conducted with the idea they serve smaller feeders who direct market to consumers.
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