News - September 22, 2004

Cows in field

Letting cattle graze in the meadow is not only better for the cows, but also for the farmer’s purse according to calculations made by LEI economists

Small dairy farmers in particular can save costs by letting their cattle graze outside. The costs of growing feed for the cattle are lower. The veterinary costs for cattle that spend more time outside are also lower. Large dairy farmers can also expect to cut costs by letting the cattle graze outside, but the difference will be less than for smaller farms.