Monday, February 25, 2013

Sad: Your steak is going to cost more...

Beef prices are on the rise. High feed price is one of the reasons. Why are we still turning corn into vehicle fuel? 
Years of drought are reshaping the U.S. beef industry with feedlots and a major meatpacking plant closing because there are too few cattle left in the United States to support them.

Some feedlots in the nation's major cattle-producing states have already been dismantled, and others are sitting empty. Operators say they don't expect a recovery anytime soon, with high feed prices, much of the country still in drought and a long time needed to rebuild herds.

The closures are the latest ripple in the shockwave the drought sent through rural communities. Most cattle in the U.S. are sent to feedlots for final fattening before slaughter. The dwindling number of animals also is hurting meatpackers, with their much larger workforces. For consumers, the impact will be felt in grocery and restaurant bills as a smaller meat supply means higher prices.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Actually, I'm good with not letting cows eat a lot of GMO corn. They need to find another solution and one that does not include feeding cows cookies and candy which I've heard they also do.