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I like the idea of using this as a basis for our discussion on Dec. 15.  I
believe that any method that would allow cattle to be grouped into larger
lots would be helpful.  Therefore, backgrounding might have some merit if
it could be done economically.

At 10:02 AM 11/16/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Thanks to Bill and Cathy for hosting  the DEC. 15.meeting. I WOULD LIKE TO
>ATTEND AS WELL.I find Monty's idea intriguing!I would like to propose the
>topic of retained ownership for discussion.More specifically,the economic
>realities in VT.Ihave grappled with the unknown true cost of pasture for
>some time now .I see this value as the largest mystery to be solved in
>determining what direction a sustainable Vt. beef industry should move.Does
>backgrounding make economic sense in VT.,if one owns the cattle?