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Texas Wildfire Devastates Cattle Country, Beef Prices Skyrocket

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Texas just got hit with a wildfire that’s torched the backbone of America’s beef supply, right when we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel for cattle numbers. This is bad news for anyone thinking they’ll enjoy affordable beef anytime soon. Over 850,000 acres of prime cattle land are now ashes, and with the cattle herd already at a 70-year low, guess what’s going to happen to beef prices? They’re going to sizzle; hot enough to burn a hole in your wallet. Our grocery bills are about to get a lot heftier, and in addition to the current Bidenflation levels, we have to face the possibility that food security for many American households is now toast.

A devastating wildfire ravages parts of the Texas Panhandle, home to more than 85% of the state's cattle herd. This comes when the nation's cattle herd has collapsed to a seven-decade low, pushing up retail beef prices at the supermarket to record high levels. 

Texas A&M Forest Service said the wildfire, called Smokehouse Creek fire, has scorched more than 850,000 acres (344,000 hectares) of grasslands as of Wednesday. 

Source: Bloomberg 
 

Reuters spoke with state Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who warned the wildfire has likely killed tens of thousands of livestock and destroyed grain in storage bins. 

"It's almost like gasoline when it goes up," Miller said, adding, "We have now lost over a million acres.

Miller said the wildfire rages in the Panhandle area, where 85% of the state's herd is located. It's important to note that Texas is the top cattle producer in the nation. He said cattle in feedlots and dairies are safe. 

"Feed supplies are scarce for surviving cattle because the fire destroyed grazing lands and bins holding crops like wheat and corn," he said.

Miller continued: "There's absolutely zero vegetation. The cattle that do survive, they have absolutely nothing to eat."

 

Readers have been well informed about 'beeflation' and why it's happening: 

The latest data from the US Department of Agriculture's biannual cattle inventory report earlier this month showed that the US cattle herd (as of Jan. 1) fell 2% from a year ago to 87.2 million cattle. That's the smallest herd count since 1951. 

Source: Bloomberg 

A shrinking herd has pushed US retail beef prices to a record of $5.35 per pound. And prices could go much higher. 

In a separate interview with Bloomberg, Miller said: "I know ranchers up there — families that have had these ranchers for more than 100 years — everything is gone." 

 

Meanwhile, elites in the WEF cult have been pushing hard to ban cow farts because they allege it's contributing to climate change. These folks are adamant about resetting the global food supply chain to one that puts working poor folks on a bug-heavy diet. 

We, the people, will not eat bugs.

Now, more than ever, Americans must break out of the food industrial complex and start their own farms or simply buy from local mom-and-pop farms. 

This article originally appeared on Zero Hedge

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