Great Falls Tribune: Pondering Cattle Prices

This is a great article by Lisa Schmidt from Graham Ranch in Montana, where she raises grass fed beef and lamb.  She can be reached at L.Schmidt@a-land-of- grass-ranch.com.  The article originally appeared in The Great Falls Tribune on January 6th
 
At the Graham Ranch, we don’t need to buy meat from the grocery store, but I scouted prices the other day just for fun.
 
I found out beef in the grocery store reflects all that is happening in the cattle market.
 
Even the economy cuts such as super lean ground beef and stew meat sell for $4.49 and $5.29 a pound. T-bones, a good grilling steak but not the top end, sell for $10.49.
 
That’s a lot of money for a steak, but no single player in the beef industry is getting rich right now.
 

Beef prices on the rise? That means local beef just got cheaper...

Just saw this "prediction" about beef prices on QSRWeb.com, a food industry blog:
 
Beef prices continue their run
Although food prices fell 4.4 percent in 2013, beef prices rose over 13 percent. The cycle for beef cattle is long as birth to maturity takes several seasons. The drought of 2012, spiked corn prices and other feed stock so ranchers cut back. Now with an improved economy, beef consumption has risen while supplies remain low. The USDA predicts beef prices to increase an additional 3.5 percent in 2014.
 

Paleohacks Discussion: Gary Taubes

I saw a discussion today on the Paleohacks site about this Gary Taubes quote:
 
I’m all for eating grass fed beef and avoiding factory fed. I read Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Eating Animals” and found it compelling. But it is expensive. I’m not sure there’s a significant health benefit from avoiding factory-fed beef — even if there is an ethical reason to do so. But for Americans who aren’t sufficiently well-off to avoid it, who still need to feed their families, and keep their children lean and healthy, then factory-fed meat may be the only option. That’s why I don’t come out against it strongly in my books.
 

@Consumerist McDonald’s Has 10 Million Pounds Of Frozen Unsold Mighty Wings...because they're probably #gross !

  • Posted on: 20 December 2013
  • By: teddy72

From Consumerist.com, with a link to the Wall Street Journal article:
By Laura Northrup December 19, 2013
Mighty Wings, McDonalds’ attempt at fast-food wingage, didn’t go over well with consumers. Maybe it was the pricing, well above sports bars and other wing outlets at about $1 per wing, in a restaurant that offers actual burgers for a dollar. The product didn’t take flight, and now McDonald’s is stuck with 10 million pounds of wings.

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