BBQ Beef Off The Menu? Supermarket Prices Will Continue To Increase

beef steak May 15, 2014 At Apache livestock sales, a large local livestock auction, weaning size 300 pound calf’s sold for $970.00 each and No that’s not a typo! They sold for $3.23 a pound live weight. January 2014, 300 weaning calf’s were selling for $375.00 at the Apache livestock auction ($1.25 a pound) live weight.

Lets do a little simple arithmetic. It will take 24 to 30 months to bring this weaning calf to market weight. For the next 2 years that calf will be consuming water, quality pasture grass, hay at $65.00 to $85.00 a Bail and Feed Supplements.
Land investment. A calf will be on pasture for 24 to 30 months. Quality farm land is selling for an average of $2,500 an acre. It requires a minimum of 2 acres and under dry conditions as much as 5 or more acres to feed / support 1 cow summer and winter.
Growing beef cows is not fast nor is it cheap.

Poultry and pig markets is doing little better. In the last 3 months 250 – 300 pound pigs auction live weight have price has increased from $0.58 cents a pound to $0.85 cent a pound. Quality chicken 1/4’s, chicken breast and pork chops are selling in the market for $3.00 or more dollars a pound and quality cured ham and bacon is hoovering at or near the $5.00 a pound.

salmon on a grill Buying raw salmon online, I find most sellers are about (in most cases) the same price. Island Sea Foods Wild Kodiak Sockeye Salmon $17.50 a pound, Kodiak King Salmon $16.95 a pound. Seabear Seafood Company salmon is almost twice as much per pound, Alaskan Sockeye Salmon starting at about $28.00 pound. Anyway as you can see salmon is not cheap.

Big grin … that only leave a lot of fresh summer vegetables that is fresh from my Garden or the local Farmers Market that I can afford to cooked on my BBQ grill.

Source Full Circle Top 10 grilling vegetables, with with How To, recipes.

bbq vegetables Grilled vegetables on a stick.
1 medium ear fresh sweet corn, cut into 4 quartered pieces
1 zucchini, yellow summer squash or eggplant cut into quarters(bite size chunks)
1/4 small red or sweet white onion, peeled or cut in halve very small onions or fresh pulled green onion
4 cherry tomatoes
Mushrooms (optional)
Very small okra pods whole or cut in half (optional)
Quarter or cut in half small pair boiled (skin on) red potatoes(optional)
Hint Use vegetables that you like to eat.

For a dry seasoning mix try using
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed sage(optional)
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

* Microwave corn pieces covered with waxed paper for about 2 minutes.
* Toss vegetables with olive oil until well coated with olive oil.
* Using two metal or water soaked wooden skewers, alternately thread the corn, zucchini, onion and tomatoes.
* In a small bowl, combine the seasonings; sprinkle over vegetables.
* Use long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill vegetables, over medium heat for 6-12 minutes or until vegetables are tender, turning frequently.
* Lightly brush with melted butter.
Serve with lemon or lime wedges.
Yield: 2 servings.
** One (1)kabob equals about 70 to 100 calories.
Hint Surprise everyone, add a few pineapple chunks to your kabobs.

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8 responses to “BBQ Beef Off The Menu? Supermarket Prices Will Continue To Increase

  1. Ok I love my steak and hamburger and yes I will say it…I love VEAL!!!! I just can’t raise an animal and kill it to eat it. I get to attached. I love cows, They are like big dogs to me…..those big brown eyes. That is why my meat comes packaged. I guess I better get busy in that garden and start planing more vegetables and canning.


    • Re Melissa Lee – I don’t understand whats going on with the live stock market lately!
      Happy gardening


      • Not sure either. Wondering about GMO corn. What is the price difference in feeding them now. Does it take more corn to raise them? I know gas prices don’t help but good grief. I also want to know why I can go get ground beef from my local butcher at $1.99 lb and Winn Dixie and Publix sells it for $3,29 and up. I can also buy what they call cowboy steaks for $4.50 a steak and they are not bad. Just need a little marinate on them.
        Something is not right with this picture at all. :/


        • Re Melissa Lee – As of Wednesday this week, ground 80-90 percent lean ground beef shot up to $3.70 a pound in my local supermarket. Beef other than ground, is on average $5.80 a pound and USDA grade A prime, T-bones, porter house and rib eyes are often selling near $10.00 or even $15.00 dollars a pound.
          I fear we are just now seeing the cost of beef production hitting our supermarkets. Farmers and ranchers in drought stricken southwest and western usa have been selling off their herds hoping weather conditions will soon ease allowing the to re-build their herds. This sell off has caused a nation wide shortage of ‘quality’ market weight cows.

          At the corn sales terminals, corn is corn GMO has little if any effect on the price per bushel. (1 bushel of corn weighs about 65 pounds.) and is selling for around $4.70. Between corn exports and ethanol production demands for corn remain high causing the cost of livestock and poultry feeds to rise.

          🙂 Happy Memorial day weekend.


  2. we are all going to be vegains soon… that and eating wild game!


    • Re jolynnpowers None of this looks like it will have a happy ending. Americas population is 3 times what it was in 1950, it is now over 350 million. If Americans are forced to return to hunting and fishing for table meat, that was a common way of life in the 1930’s – 1950’s. It will not take very long to deplete our wild game and native fish supplies.

      Happy productive summer gardening


  3. Hi pobept, thanks so much for the current update on the livestock sales and the going meat prices at the markets. I heard the prices would raise soon, but it’s still astonishing to find how quickly price increase has reached us. As always, I appreciate your posts. They’re always so informative.:) Take care out there.


    • Re forestmtnhike – It’s hard to guess where livestock, swine and poultry prices are headed. Sales barn prices have been all over the map for the past 3 months ranging from a low of about $1.70 to a high of $3.23 for beef.

      Happy gardening


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