This month's "Dirt Doctor's Dirt" has an article on grass-fed cattle. It's a growing market, but many (if not most) cattle you're likely to buy are going to be bred for feedlot (factory) conditions -- bred to eat pellets and gain a lot of weight quickly. The article notes that these critters will do poorly on grass. I'd think your best bet there would be to buy your steers directly from an established grass-fed rancher.Good luck!
Thanks RobertB. I had already read the article, it was very interesting. I am raising the steers for my own personal consumption. I'm getting two because I have been told that two will thrive better than one raised by itself. I intend to slaughter one and sell the other at auction here in Buffalo. I'll be buying the livestock from my neighbor who grazes his herd year round. However, I'm not sure whether he feeds pellets or not, I suspect he at least supplements with pellets. I do have some very early experience with small stock (chickens, pigs) from my childhood, and of course have had pets
which I don't really count as livestock experience.
Thanks again for your advice. I'll keep ya posted. I am just wondering if anyone has an idea of the cost of hay in this area of the state, and whether there is a preferred type of hay to use for feed.