"We are trying to make this operation as cost effective as we can," Shari Swenson said. "Even though calves are high there is still no profit if you are spending all of your money on fertilizer and diesel fuel."
Shari Swenson and her husband, Steve, have been able to accomplish that goal by using the 300-day grazing program developed at the University of Arkansas.
"In 2008 we saw a tremendous increase in what we call the three 'Fs'--feed, fertilizer and fuel," Tom Troxel, associate department head of Animal Science at University of Agriculture, said. "The cost of those inputs has not gone down since 2008."