Your Steak Is More Expensive, but Cattle Ranchers Are Missing Out

Demand for beef is spiking as people dine out and grill, but the profits aren’t being evenly distributed. Ranchers blame the big meatpacking companies.

A ranch in Rock Valley, Iowa. While prices for ground beef and steak rise at restaurants and grocery stores, cattle ranchers are barely breaking even.Credit…Tim Gruber for The New York Times

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By Julie Creswell

At Harris’ in San Francisco — a quintessential American steakhouse with dark wood, cozy leather booths and dry martinis — the price of the popular eight-ounce filet mignon with two sides recently increased $2 to $56.

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