PREVIEW: The bottleneck for beef

Eye on KELOLAND

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — How much did your last dinner of burgers set you back? You’ve probably noticed the rising cost of beef in the grocery store. Many stores are also limiting how much you can buy at one time.

We’ve seen temporary closures at packing plants across the Midwest during this pandemic due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Meat production is down an estimated 35 percent. But some cattle ranchers in the state and South Dakota’s Attorney General say the perfect storm has created shortages and that storm has been building for a long time.

“It’s been constructive to bring the consumer and cattle producer closer together to look at this and say, ‘Hey, we have a problem here. What can we do to fix this?’” Rancher Brett Kenzy said. 

Kenzy explains “The Bottleneck for Beef” on the windshield of his payloader. Plus Angela Kennecke talks to South Dakota’s Attorney General about the call for an investigation into the packers for alleged price fixing. That’s Monday’s Eye on KELOLAND investigation at 10.

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