Beef Prices At All Time High - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Beef Prices At All Time High

Posted: Updated:
  • CBS19.tv Web ExclusivesMore>>

  • Web Exclusive: Technology helping house calls make a comeback

    Web Exclusive: Technology helping house calls make a comeback

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:44:03 GMT
    You know the feeling when you or your child gets sick, it can be really tough to get out of bed and drag yourself to the doctor's office.  In some places now technology is bringing the doctor to you.More >>
    You know the feeling when you or your child gets sick, it can be really tough to get out of bed and drag yourself to the doctor's office.  In some places now technology is bringing the doctor to you.More >>
  • Moms-to-be learn how to be Fit for Two

    Moms-to-be learn how to be Fit for Two

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:54:43 GMT
    Exercising during pregnancy may have more benefits than you realize. Research finds it can make labor and delivery easier on your body. There are also benefits for baby. As little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise, three times per week enhances the newborn child's brain development.  In this week's Fit City, find out how ETMC is trying to create strong moms and healthy babies with one of its programs. More >>
    Exercising during pregnancy may have more benefits than you realize. Research finds it can make labor and delivery easier on your body. There are also benefits for baby. As little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise, three times per week enhances the newborn child's brain development.  In this week's Fit City, find out how ETMC is trying to create strong moms and healthy babies with one of its programs. More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:45 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:45:11 GMT
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>

WYLIE (CBSDFW.COM) – Beef: it’s still what’s for dinner, it’s just more expensive than it’s ever been.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture the price of beef has gone up 7.4% since the same time last year.

The price hike has had a significant impact on business owners across North Texas.

At Big Daddy’s Roadhouse BBQ, owner and operator Kelly Duncan, has had to pay and charge more for beef.

“Brisket is 85% of our sales,” he said. “We have to be very mindful that we don’t price ourselves out of business. Even though our customers are the most loyal, it’s just getting to the point where I’m going to have to take the hit.”

Duncan says he never imagine the four year drought would have such a significant impact on his business.

Cattle ranchers began selling off parts of their herd because of a lack of food and water, creating a deficit in the number of cattle.

The U.S. cattle herd numbers are the lowest they’ve been since 1951.

David Harris, butcher and owner of David’s Meats, said with the high price of beef, many of his customers are opting for more affordable choices.

“People will choose hamburger meat instead,” he said. “Or go with pork chops or chicken instead of buying an $80 brisket. Who heard of an $80 brisket two year ago? It didn’t happen.”

Harris cuts less beef on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and keeps a normal stock on beef on weekends when they business is busier.

“First time I’ve ever seen it. I’ve been in the business 49 years,” said Harris.

Even if the drought the ends, it will take time for ranchers to rebuild their herds.

“The rains will come back. The grass will grow back. There will be more cattle but it’s going to take a long time,” Harris said.

 

Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.