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Beef cattle in New England graze in a corral in March. William Hahn, with the Animal Products and Cost of Production Branch Markets and Trade Economics Division of the USDA-Economics Research Service, said April had the highest five-area 35-65 percent Choice Direct steer his office has ever seen. 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.

Beef up for higher prices

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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 continue to climb.

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