HIgh beef prices raise stakes for bar­be­cues

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE Aussie bar­be­cue is be­ing threat­ened by high beef prices drag­ging on house­hold bud­gets.

Aus­tralia’s beef cat­tle herd is now at a 20- year low, con­tribut­ing to higher prices at the check­out.

The price of mince has dou­bled dur­ing the past two years to more than $ 10 a kilo­gram and in June, eye- fil­let steaks were av­er­ag­ing more than $ 50 a kilo­gram.

Butch­ers say fam­i­lies are turn­ing to cheaper cuts of meat or aban­don­ing beef al­to­gether, be­cause of in­creas­ing prices.

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