Properly pastured, raising grass-fed beef cattle can yield you more meat — up to 200 pounds more, with less fat and at less cost than commercial grain-fed beef.
PHOTO: HELEN MOLITOR
LEFT: Your livestock can show a steady one-pound-a-day weight increase during their first winter if you feed them the right amount of good-quality hay. RIGHT: Test a sample of your cattle's hay by poking into a bale and pulling out a random wisp. Make sure it's dry, crispy, light green, and won't snap when bent.