I am planning on getting a holstein bottle calf and my husband was asking me about cost of raising it to butcher weight. I did some searching but am not coming up with answers and seeing different feeding practices. I understand the calf will need milk replacer for 6 weeks then starter ration for another few months, but after that is where the info is varying, some placing on grower ration others saying just giving hay/pasture with corn and/or silage. Maybe it has to do with location too? Would I be able to just feed grass and hay once it gets to a certain point? How long do you grow one out before butchering? My thought is we will at least be able to break even if we sell half the cow- thinking that should pay the butchering and most if not all the feed cost for the entire cow. Am I incorrect?