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Beef prices climb for Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the summer grilling season.

A shortage of cows is making an impact on our pocketbooks.

The Department of Agriculture warns of sticker shock as people head to the store to buy beef.  The price has increased almost 10% so far this year.

The Iowa Beef Industry Council says supplies are at the lowest level since the 1950's because of drought conditions across the country.

But, there's still a way to try and save.

"We want to remind people were are bargains in the grocery store. There's always an ad with a featured beef cut. So look at those ads first. Buy in bulk, you can buy a family pack where you can usually get a price reduction per pound," said Nancy Degner, Iowa Beef Industry Council

Degner says she expects beef prices to level out for the next two months.

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