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Beef Shortage in the Cove

Herald of Aug. 2, 1973

A beef shortage was being felt in the Cove, and area butchers and retailers cited three causes for the shortage. The government extended a price freeze on beef while suspending the freezes on other meats. Farmers were holding their steer from market in hopes of gaining a higher price once the freeze was lifted, and consumers were also at fault for hoarding beef to avoid the higher prices when the freeze was lifted.

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