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Beef prices hit an all-time high

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The cost of your next grill out could hit your wallet a little harder than it did last year.

With poor pasture conditions, a lousy hay crop, drought, and late-freezing weather,

The price of wholesale beef hit an all-time high in May and there's no sign of it dropping.

"Beef prices have been strong for a couple years now and I wouldn't expect that they're gonna change any in the next few months anyway," said Butcher Block Manager Darin Baker.

In case you haven't heard, the U.S. cattle and calf herd is the lowest it's been since 1952.

And Quincy residents are noticing a difference in their grocery bills.

"If it gets ridiculous I won't buy it," said Quincy resident Elaine Wallace. "I'll skirt it until it comes back down."

Baker says while folks are buying less, people in the tri-states aren't cutting beef from their grocery lists altogether.

"They will buy a lot more burger and the cheaper items to grill out," said Baker. "I mean we're getting into the grilling season and I've noticed they're buying stuff to grill."

And Quincy resident Elaine Wallace says she's feeling the hit, but she also understands.

"Because of the drought," Wallace. "They haven't had the feed. And they had to get rid of a lot of cattle last year. So I understand why but that doesn't help my budget."

Baker says sales are up slightly because he says folks in Quincy love to grill out, and it's certainly that time of year.

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