This article demonstrates that a natural beef production system that emphasizes grazing on rangeland and irrigated pastures can be more profitable, given current prices, than the conventional production system that emphasizes grain-fed beef. The article recognizes several impediments to widespread adoption of natural production systems but suggests that such systems may provide niche markets in California for both producers and packers.
View PDF here: An Alternative Natural Beef Production System by Ricardo Vernazza Paganini. ARE Update No. 8, Vol. 1, Sept./Oct. 2004. University of California Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.