The drought that scorched the Southeast this year may cost Americans at the meat counter.
The dry weather wiped out hay crops across the region, forcing cattlemen from West Virginia to Alabama and Maryland to Kentucky to sell breeding stock this fall.
Experts predict it will take three years or more for the beef supply to recover.
A National Cattlemen's Beef Association spokesman says it's uncertain how much the drought will cost consumers because of other factors such as grain prices.
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