AINSWORTH, Neb. (AP) - Many of the nation's cattle producers are
struggling to get reasonable prices for their animals - a trend
they say could eventually mean lesser-quality meat on dinner tables
across the United States.
The Associated Press interviewed cattle producers who reported
having no choice but to sell the vast majority of their cattle to
the single buyer who submitted a competitive bid.
An AP analysis of shipping logs and sales receipts confirmed their accounts.
The producers say the struggle to get a decent price is helping
to push ranchers and feedlot owners out of business.
The complaints have also drawn the interest of federal regulators, who are
investigating possible antitrust violations.