Weather Forecast

Beef cattle in New England graze in a corral in March. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, supply and demand is what controls the price of beef cattle. But prices will fluctuate because it takes time to replenish the cattle supplies. Forum News Service photo

Consumers will have to shell out more to have meat on their plates this summer grilling season


Beefing up could mean meat eaters will have to open up their wallets a little wider this summer, as the price of beef and other meats continues to climb.

“Beef prices have been high this year at all levels,” said William Hahn, an economist with the animal products branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. “April had the highest five-area 35-65 percent Choice Direct steer we have ever seen.”

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet?

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at and we can help you.

Forum News Service
The Forum Communications News Service is the premier news wire service covering the Upper Midwest, stretching from the oilfields of western North Dakota to the plains of South Dakota and to the shores of eastern Minnesota. For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, please contact us.