posted on May, 7 2013 @ 04:40 PM
The cost to fire up a backyard barbecue is going up.
The price of wholesale beef hit an all-time high Friday and there is no indication it will decline this year. While the price of beef alone is up at
least 5 percent, that summer cookout is going to feel much more expensive to any serious barbecue aficionado buying good-quality meat. “His meat has
gone up. His buns have gone up. Everything’s gone up,” said Jim Early, the founder and president of the North Carolina Barbecue Society. Once you
count all the fixins – ranging from brisket and chicken to barbecue slaw and salad – the price has doubled from just a few years ago. “
So, if all goes well, things will get better in the latter of 2014.
The U.S. cattle and calf herd is at its lowest level since 1952 and cattle producers have been hard hit by poor pasture conditions, a poor hay
crop, drought in the Southern Plains and late freezing weather, according to a USDA economist. Those problems will linger at least until the second
half of 2014, he said. Until then, that tight supply means higher beef prices, particularly for better cuts of meat.
But I REALLY doubt it, due to the drought forecast for this year being as bad or worse than last year.
Early said the price increases won’t be as obvious to anyone buying factory-raised meats, which often use growth hormones to speed the fattening
process and cut other costs.
YUCK! It tastes bad, and that's exactly what you're getting from the grocery stores.
People need to buy straight from a small processing plant that utilizes the farmers, NOT the large cattle operations.
I bought a side of beef straight from a small local feedlot in January, which after processing cost me $2.38 per pound. That is for EVERYTHING from
hamburger to steak to roasts. $2. 38 per pound! It is lean, it is delicious and free of chemicals and preservatives. Plus, the steaks are not glued
together with meat glue.
I know some will be along shortly to say not to eat meat at all, but sorry, I LIKE meat. Especially beef.