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Beef, it's what's - going to be VERY expensive soon.

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posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 10:42 PM
Due to the horrific drought devastating Texas and other cattle producing states, cattle owners are taking their cattle to market early because there will be a shortage of hay to feed them in the winter months.
This is good news for us survivalist because a surplus of beef now means lower prices.

Drought-Fueled Cattle Sales May Ease Rising Beef Costs for Tyson
A prolonged drought from Kansas to Texas probably forced U.S. ranchers to sell more cattle to feedlots last month, signaling increased supplies for meat processors including Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN) and lower beef prices.
Deteriorating pasture conditions in the southern Great Plains and record cattle prices prompted the sale of 1.935 million head to feedlot operators, up 4.2 percent from March 2010, according to a Bloomberg survey of 14 analysts...

But the bad news is that prices are supposed to double in about six months, so a pound of ground chuck which now costs approximately $4.00 will be about $8.00 a pound !!!

What to do?
My family and another family are going in together on a side of beef (half of a cow) and vacuum packaging the meat and storing in the freezer. This will yield about 300 lbs of meat for each family. The cost is lower and you know you are getting healthy quality meat.
Stock up now or become a vegetarian later.

Drought Withers Smallest Hay Crop in Century to Boost Beef Costs
The smallest U.S. hay crop in more than a century is withering under a record Texas drought, boosting the cost of livestock feed for dairy farmers and beef producers from California to Maryland.
The price of alfalfa, the most common hay variety, surged 51 percent in the past year, reaching a record $186 a short ton in May, government data show. Hay and grass make up about half of what cattle eat over their lifetimes, so parched pastures are forcing ranchers to find alternative sources of feed, pushing some spot-market corn to the highest ever.
Farmers in Oklahoma and in Texas, the biggest producer of hay and cattle, may harvest only one crop from alfalfa and Bermuda grass this year, compared with three normally, said Larry Redmon, a state forage specialist at Texas A&M University. Cattle that usually graze on fields through September or October are instead being sold to feedlots, where they are confined in pens and eat mostly corn.
“We’re just running out of grass,” Bo Kizziar, the feedlot manager at Hansford County Feeders, said by telephone from Spearman, Texas. With pastures disappearing, Hansford is moving cattle into its 50,000-head feedlot three months earlier than normal, boosting costs as the company buys more corn, he said...

DECATUR (CBSDFW.COM) – For 17 days straight, the Dallas-Fort Worth Area has reached triple digit temperatures.
With the hot weather and lack of rain, nearly the entire state remains in a serious or severe drought. Currently, 246 of Texas’s 254 counties are under a burn ban.
That is creating a surplus in the number of cattle heading to auction, as livestock owners can’t afford to feed them and are looking to sell.
Jess Elrod, of Sanger, has been in the cattle business all of his life, but right now, keeping his cows seems to cost more than they’re worth.
“The hay prices and feed prices have gone up and the grass is all burned up. There’s nothing to eat,” he said. “The grass is like it is in December or January, and the grass that’s left doesn’t have any protein in it. Anything that you can do without needs to go to town.”
That’s why Elrod and many other cattle raisers are thinning out their herds by taking some to market early.
“We typically run between 1,200 to 1,500 a week,” said Roland Davie, of Decatur Livestock Market. “Today we’ll be close to 3,000. Last week we were at 2,700.”
On a typical week there would be about three full cattle pins at the Market, but Monday, they had to use more than double that because of the heat index.
Operators asked some ranchers to wait a week before bringing their cattle in.
“We can take more cattle. We have a capacity to take 3,500 to 4,000,” Davie said. “But as hot as it is we didn’t feel like it was best for the cattle.”
Some cowmen said they won’t be able to wait much longer because their pastures just aren’t producing without rain.
Ultimately, the drought will affect what customers will pay for beef at the grocery store, cattle owners said.
Since a mature cow only has one calf per year, it will take years for the ranchers to rebuild their herds. That could cause the price of beef go up as early as the end of this year.

Drought accelerating beef cow liquidation
Expanding extreme drought conditions in Oklahoma and other southern Great Plains states seems to be causing a significant acceleration of cattle liquidation in the region.

In Oklahoma, the combined total for federally reported auctions the past two weeks has shown a 56 percent increase in feeder cattle sales and a 205 percent increase in cow and bull sales compared to the same period one year ago.

The auction totals include significant numbers of double-stocked summer stocker cattle from the Osage country that are typically marketed this time of year. However, the totals also include large numbers of cows and lightweight feeder cattle that are not typically marketed.

Watch this video -

Pro-tip, the local meat market that harvests cows will probably need at least a 2 to 3 week head start on your side of beef order (at least ours does) so place your order now, don't wait for prices to go up. Average cost of a side of beef is $900.00 dependent on the weight of the cow.

This site has really good info on purchasing a side of beef.

And for you vegetarians, don't worry about it.

edit on 8-8-2011 by Thunderheart because: (no reason given)

posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 10:48 PM
reply to post by Thunderheart

The price of meat has been going up in price lately. If it doubles in price, sales of beef will drop drastically. Chicken prices will rise because the demand for chicken will go up. Pretty soon we'll all be forced to eat healthy and become vegetarians! Maybe that will be the answer were looking for to fight the obesity epidemic in America.

posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 10:52 PM
That stinks. Nothing beats a good grilled steak.....

A friend always said, "what goes good with beef?,,,,,,,pork."

Looks like we might be eating squirrel soon

posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 10:58 PM
Thank goodness i don't eat that crap..

too many hormones to process..

love my garden and my chickens!

but thanks for the info..

I will pass it along!

posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 11:03 PM
There are other choices then beef and chicken. We usually buy directly from the ranchers/farmers. We raise our own chickens at our bankers small farm. We recently are raising 4 hogs there as well. There is always "fishing" & "Hunting". So we supplement with canned deer meat and canned trout. Once in awhile we get calls from ranchers that have animals that break their legs. We usually get these at 50 cents a pound or even free. Sometimes they give us half the beef to butcher it. They take half, we take half. I am not at all concerned other then the lives of the people having to resort to selling off their herds due to the drought. Its going to get tough all the way around. It would be a good idea if everyone would stock up and freeze, can, dry or otherwise as much as they can to get through. However, I am not seeing very many who isn't turning a deaf ear, blind eye to the situations. I keep harping and no one is listening. These will be the same people at my door step. SIGH....I am but one person.

posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 11:05 PM
beefs free where I'm from, especially during deer season

posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 11:07 PM
I remember when steak was considered a luxury to most people and was only eaten on special occasions. That was when I was a kid back in the '70's.

I guess the 70's are coming back with a vengeance.

Can you say "welcome back Carter"?

posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 11:15 PM

Originally posted by WeRpeons
reply to post by Thunderheart

The price of meat has been going up in price lately. If it doubles in price, sales of beef will drop drastically. Chicken prices will rise because the demand for chicken will go up. Pretty soon we'll all be forced to eat healthy and become vegetarians! Maybe that will be the answer were looking for to fight the obesity epidemic in America.

Vegetarians ?!?!?! Are you allowed to use that kind of language in here?

Price of meat is a small consideration for us but we haven't bought any beef in about a year.
We have been eating deer & Elk. mostly with a little squirrel & rabbit tossed in occasionally.

There are places to get meat other than a grocery store. Between my wife & I last year we got 2 deer and 2 Elk.
We had 3 freezers packed with meat and it's better for you than any beef I promise.

posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 11:16 PM
Thank you for the heads up! Figured something like this was bound to happen, after what happened this past spring/early summer.

A couple of friends and I have been talking to some local farmers about getting a side, however there's so damn many hoops to jump through and a lot of money is needed to do everything "by the books". Sadly, around here, you pretty much have to "play by the books", as even small cattle farms (20 heads or less) are under constant watch. As well, even many of the smaller farmers want to keep things by the book, as they've got a surprisingly astronomical amount of money invested.... for a surprisingly low return.

posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 11:18 PM
reply to post by Thunderheart

Acute Awareness of your immediate surroundings =

Credit Rating AAA+ to you

Thanks for sharing. This is not only pertinent information,

but it is the required mental caliper to not only survive, but to prosper in

the coming times ahead. Let all ATS 'ers take note.

S&F to you for contributing to our knowledge and community. S&F

posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 11:19 PM
reply to post by mwood

I don't hunt so I guess I'll end up chewing on lettuce and carrots in the near future.
Than again, push comes to shove, I may have to take up hunting.

posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 11:22 PM
I dont know... doesnt seem plausible to me.

As long as there are humans alive we'll always have some meat... hell its "beef" too!

posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 11:28 PM
My gramps has cows on his farm. YUMMY yum cows!! They aren't injected with nasty stuff either. We should be ok for a bit, and my next door neighbors have some milk cows too, very good except one time they got out into the onion patch...onion+cows=yuck.

posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 11:32 PM
I am Navajo so I grew up on the res hunting and I also hunt now for meat, as time permits (work keeps busy, hardly any free time to hunt and fish), but it will be nice to have all that beef safely vacuumed packed and stored for a rainy day. Call me weird but unlike my siblings and Native/American friends, I prefer cow to wild game.

posted on Aug, 9 2011 @ 12:46 AM
reply to post by Thunderheart

I hate to tell you but temps at the DFW airport have now been over 100 for 38 days in a row. The extended forecast is more of the same for the next 10 days.

Cattle are now being fed silage because there's no hay to be had and yes, cattle are being dumped on the meat processors before they die in the fields.

posted on Aug, 9 2011 @ 12:51 AM
How long can you safely store beef in a freezer and what is the cost of a decent vacuum sealer? Seems like a good idea to stock up. In the event prices don't change, well so what?

posted on Aug, 9 2011 @ 12:52 AM
reply to post by FortAnthem

Exactly. And in my home when we had it, we had the great Broiler do the cooking - and man how we loved gray steaks!! Went well with a potato and some frozen rasberries!


posted on Aug, 9 2011 @ 01:15 AM
Well then, maybe we should all go purchase enormous quantities of beef jerky if we want to continue to cheaply enjoy our beef. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't afford to buy beef, its my primary sustenance item. Mmmmmmmm, beef, its what's for dinner. I realized what was coming long ago, I've been stocking up on non perishable for a while now. I've got me some jerky to snack on too.

posted on Aug, 9 2011 @ 05:47 AM
It is already more expensive than that.

I have not had beef for ages. Lamb is the same - even more so.

You people do not know when you are well off.

posted on Aug, 9 2011 @ 08:31 AM
reply to post by Thunderheart

there are farms that do the vacuum pack on their beef, chicken, sausage, etc.

blood farm in groton massachusetts is organic.
relatives who are chemists and refuse to buy grocery meat for their kids shop there.
also asiatic restaurants, who say their customers want chicken that has a real taste.

check your local area.

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