I can deal with having a brown yard with no grass in it, it just cuts down on my time in the summers pushing my lawnmower around the yard.
But when it starts to effect my eating, I’m ready to lead the charge in praying for rain. Remember a few years ago when beef prices were hitting record lows? Mostly because the drought was causing ranchers to sell off their herds because they had no water to keep them. Well, now the flip side is hitting us. The lack of cows from ranchers selling off their herds has caused a shortage of cows and beef prices are hitting record highs.
The obvious effect to barbecue is immediate, especially in Texas where brisket is the king. In the last year I’ve noticed the price per pound of brisket going up at least a dollar a pound. And when you’re buying it 15-20 pounds per cut of beef, that’s quite a hit to the wallet.
On the piggy side of the smoker, things aren’t looking a whole lot better. The effects of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) that killed millions of pigs earlier this year has spiked pork prices up to. The good news is there hasn’t been a whole lot of news about the virus since this summer, which hopefully means is coming under control and pork prices will stabilize soon.
So, even though your brisket and ribs plate may be a little high, you can get a rib plate for a reasonable price.
One good piece of news is poultry prices seem to be down from last year. So, while your Christmas ham may be a little high, that turkey sitting next to it was probably a little cheaper. Hopefully by next year PEDv will have gotten under control and West Texans’ rain prayers will be answered and beef and pork prices will be a little lower.