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Cattle herds thin as beef prices keep rising

Cattle herds thin as beef prices keep rising
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 11:08am

UPDATED: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 11:29am

Nothing says summer like the aroma and sizzle of a steak on the grill — but those are pleasures that are expected to cost even more this year and next.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday that beef prices could climb as much as 10 percent a year in 2012 and 2013, and the increase could be even greater if demand from other countries increases.

It’s happening because cattle growers, already beaten down by rising costs for feed, fuel and other inputs, are struggling for survival as record drought grips Texas and other major cattle-producing states.

“We’re producing less beef so prices are going to go up,” said David Anderson, a livestock economist with Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

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