With the low price our open cows brought at the auction, I've put my thinking cap back on. Here is my idea: Buy a few open cows from auction at 25-40 cents a lb. Take them home and pack on the lbs. for a few months. Take them to the butcher and sell the beef. My first thought was how could I tell people it was farm raised beef if I bought it at the auction...but...if I kept them at the farm for a few months while putting weight on I would see if there were any illnesses that are hidden before butchering. Besides, isn't that what the feeder steer buyers do? :shrug: Any ideas or comments?