What is the feed savings? This is a really interesting concept. We are in probably a colder climate albeit dryer one. Our cows run out all winter, are fed around 40 lbs of hay and cereal green feed and pick snow for water. In the early winter we swath graze some as well. Our savings comes from saving on yardage and feed making and hauling. I bet we use a lot more feed you. I can see how this would justify in a cold wet winter and where land costs are really high. Really interesting.We have cattle in 3 different barns, of those only one can be totally closed off from the outside but we still have pens on the north and south sides so they can go outside when they want. The other two are open on the south side, one is a pole shed and the other something in between the two. All barns have some space outside for the cattle. In the summer the cows go on pasture so about half the 3rd barn ends up being just for shade and where the water is.
I think its good for them if they can go outside when the weather is nice, keeps them healthy.
Not sure, haven't done it any other way but I would imagine it saves a lot in the long haul during a colder than normal winter. The wetter climate we have almost requires some form of shelter, as we can get rains in the fall (and early spring) that turn to freezing rain, sleet, and then snow. Not uncommon to have a big temp drop that night and then it won't warm up for a couple days. In that case a cold, soaked cow = sick cow, if it wasn't used to the cold. They can come inside or go out if they want, the cows do get a field of corn stalks we fence off to munch on during the winter.What is the feed savings?