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The Rising Cost of Beef: What You Need to Know

In the post pandemic world, the global supply chain is twisted and broken, and the rising cost of beef is a telltale sign. As demand for food, vehicles, and other goods has surged, producers and suppliers are struggling to keep up the pace, either unable to obtain the raw materials or the staff needed.

In the U.S. cattle industry, that chain is dominated by just four meatpacking conglomerates, and their profits are raising tensions. While diners at restaurants and shoppers in grocery stores experience sticker shock from higher prices for ground beef and prime cut steaks, ranchers say they are barely breaking even or, in some cases, losing money.

The economic recovery continues to drive strong demand for beef, especially the higher value cuts like tenderloin, as people look for opportunities to dine out. The demand for beef at grocery stores has not waned either. This combination is fueling higher retail prices as a result, beef is up by 3.3%. Beef isn’t the only good seeing a spike, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, pork saw the largest price increase from 2020 to 2021 with an almost 12% leap. Milk saw an almost 8% hike, while sugar and sweet items jumped 7%.

The Good News

While large grocery chains and restaurants may be passing their increase in cost to the consumer, we simple will not! Because we have complete control of the process, you benefit. We are maintaining a healthy head of cattle, along with optimal grazing pastures. We minimize our carbon footprint and keep our overhead costs low by finishing our cattle with spent grains donated by local breweries, and own the meat locker where we process your order, so we maintain complete control of our cost and pricing structure. Purchasing from a grocery store means you incur a portion of their overhead costs and the price they pay for beef from the large meatpacking conglomerates.

No Compromise in Quality

Our philosophy is simple, we provide a premium product at an affordable and sustainable price. We have our hands on every step of the process, from the first time our calves hit the ground, the daily care of the cows/calves/bulls, springtime pastures to plowing snow to create a path to roll out feed and bedding, to the custom butchering and creating the specific cuts that best fits your family. You can say there are no middlemen between you and us. We like it that way and that makes us uniquely qualified to work with each of our customers to deliver a highly customized product at a sustainable price. We are not interested in just selling a family a beef for their freezer, we are interested in developing a relationship with families that will last generations.

Deer Trail Meat Co. is based out of Deer Trail. Colorado and offers beef and pork that are grass-fed, grain finished without the use of chemicals, hormones or steroids. Our online ordering makes it easy for you to get quality beef and fair prices. You have the option of relying on our in-house butcher’s choice of cuts or you have the option to customize your order to suit your family’s needs. Farm to table without compromise. Visit our website to learn more.