HIgh beef prices raise stakes for barbecues
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.