Like other farming, beef cattle future is waning in mountains

Like other farming, beef cattle future is waning in mountains

by John Boyle
CITIZEN-TIMES.COM (NC)

The boom in beef cattle prices is over.

The market has cooled like frozen hamburger meat over the past few months, leaving hundreds of small-time Western North Carolina cattle producers tightening their belts.

“We’ve seen a real crunch over the last 100 days in Western North Carolina — they’re taking off somewhere between $100 to $125 a head for every 500-pound feeder calf,” said John Queen, a Haywood County cattleman who was recently elected as the president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

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