Angus beef bulls seem to tend to sell for around $2,500 a head. A grass-fed cow or a cow raised on organic feed (or both) might fetch more. Of course, you’d have to subtract the cost of buying the calf, raising the cow, and slaughter (and even then you’ve got some legal hoops to jump through before you’re allowed to legitimately sell beef to the public).
In his book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan purchases a beef cow as a calf. Given his figures for the original price, feedlot treatment for six to eight months, and slaughter, I’m guesstimating he would have made about $1,000 in profit in the end.
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