This article suggest cows who life the whole year outside. I know there are some scotish breed who cope with that.
Do you have farmers who have their cattle whole year outside!?
I don't know where you're from but in Holland we have: http://www.wildrundvlees.nl (wild beef).
And it's from exactly that: Schotse Hooglanders (Scottish Highlanders) or just: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_cattle
The organisation's primary goal is preservation of natural landscapes for which they need animals that graze. The surplus animals go to the butcher. Consumers can order once a month and always a minimum of 8 kilograms. Sweet deal.
In spite of our cold Idaho temperatures, our hardy angus cattle spend the whole year outside. Even in the winter they are out on pasture, although we supplement them with sweet-smelling green hay. This allows them to move freely, and to pick at dried forage as they desire. Lack of confinement also means healthier cattle as well.
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