First we had a run on toilet paper and hand sanitizer, now beef? Some local stores have begun to ration meat purchases and it doesn’t look like things are going to get any better anytime soon. Here’s the problem: Too many cattle on the range. Wait, What? How can a surplus lead to a shortage? It’s another disaster that can be blamed on coronavirus. Due to the pandemic, slaughterhouses across North America have been closed for weeks now leaving farmers nowhere to ship their animals. One rancher said he normally ships 500 head of cattle to slaughter per week, but last week, he moved 40 and he isn’t sure there will be a single bid this week. Each head of cattle that stays on his farm costs $4 per day to feed…meaning the consumer is going to pay the huge price. Ryan Kasko, chairman of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, estimates there are up to 80,000 Canadian cattle awaiting slaughter, and the number may reach 250,000 head by July. Fast-food chain Wendy’s said this week that it is running out of beef, while Kroger and Costco limit sales of some meat items, underlining the growing dislocation in the meat supply-chain. This is especially bad news for American’s looking forward to our Memorial Day Weekend BBQs.