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It Costs too Much for Ranchers to Satisfy World's Meat Demand

It’s getting just too pricey to raise the world’s livestock herds as war, droughts and disease hammer farmers.

A sow pig in a shed at a farm near Thetford, UK.

A sow pig in a shed at a farm near Thetford, UK.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Producing the world’s meat has rarely been this expensive.

In southern Calgary, Don Lowe, who’s been a cattle rancher for 40 years, had hoped to expand his herd of 800 beef cows this year, but with feed prices skyrocketing, he’s struggling to hang on to the animals he has. Across the ocean in East Yorkshire, England, pig farmer Kate Moore says the upkeep of her 32,000-strong herd is becoming exceedingly hard.