While the powers-that-be move to make us eat crickets, lab-grown meat, or no protein at all, it's these subtle attacks on the food supply that will make tremendous impacts in the future.
We saw this coming. I assure you that if stays at $1.62 a pound there will continue to be less beef, with the price of feed, fertilizer and fuel $1.62 pretty much lets you break even, people will get out of the cattle business. The totalitarians waged war on beef and they're winning. I have 12 cows and a bull and they go through about $6k of feed and hay a year, I sell 10 500# calves at $1.62 that's about $8000, I'm out there carrying feed in the snow and rain, stickin my arm up some cows twat to pull a calf, fixin fence, keepin them doctored for $2000 a year, but I'll keep doin it is long as I can because I just like having a few head of cattle, damn sure isn't for the money.
Cattle inventory doesn't matter to me. I haven't been able to afford beef for YEARS except for the highly processed burgers at fast food joints. I never buy it at the store. It's always pork or chicken. In any case there is no shortage of cows here in North Central Kansas, so this bit of fear mongering propaganda is moot for me.