Two weeks ago I took a thin, scraggy bull calf to the sale barn. A year ago I would have been thrilled to get 50 cents for a horned animal that was so off weight coming off a very difficult winter. When the check arrived and the price was $1.35 pound I was astonished. Our local paper prints the sale barn results each week. Last week I noticed that "boners" brought over $1.00 pound. Holstein bull calves brought over $2.00. All the prices were high! The prices at the grocery counters must be astronomical or getting there. I wonder how much the ribs for the holiday barbecues were?
Early in the week I purchased a bag of grapes. My bill seemed high for the few things I picked up, and when I looked . . . . . those grapes were $10.73. My little box of blueberries were $3.99, and my pound of lacey swiss cheese I like on sandwiches was $10.99.
Tonight I am reading on AOL news feeds regarding severe draught in seven western states. Because of lack of water in cattle states of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, meat prices are expected to rise even more as there is already low numbers for cattle populations. The water shortage in California is so severe it is expected that fruit and vegetable production will be reduced and those prices will rise.
Even when we raise our own meat the costs for processing have risen considerably.
This is so true. I cringe now every time we go to the market. The prices are soaring and are expected to take another big jump again. It wasn't so long ago when you could feed a family well for $50 wk if you were careful. Not gonna happen now.
The weather channel has been reporting on the droughts out west and it is a very grim picture. The ground is just drying up. They also did a story on that early blizzard that hit the plains last season and caused huge losses in livestock especially in cattle. And now they are reporting about a new hog illness that is causing huge losses. Meat prices are definitely on the rise.
Thank goodness our breed does so well on pasture and we don't need to pour alot of extra feed and money into raising them.