Think beef prices are too high?

A rancher phoned me today. I’d left him a phone message several days earlier to line up a down-the-road story.

He apologized for not calling back sooner. He said he’s in the middle of calving and that he’s battling rain, snow, plugged culverts and flooding. He wasn’t complaining, just explaining why he can’t called. Even over the phone, I could sense his fatigue.

Yeah, beef prices have soared to record highs. Consumers can decide for themselves if they’re able and willing to pay those prices; thank goodness we live in a free, market-based society.

But if you think ranchers are overpaid for what they do — well, I think you’d change your mind if you switched places with that rancher for even a few hours.

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