It's almost grilling season -- but you can expect a side of sticker shock along with your burgers.
Beef prices are at an all-time high and aren't expected to come down any time soon.
The nation's beef cattle population is at 87.7 million - the lowest since 1951. A year when there were about half as many mouths to feed in America.
Extreme weather is thinning the herds - including last October's devastating storm in western South Dakota.
The national retail value of USDA choice-grade beef was at $5.28 a pound in February, up 37 cents from just last year.