Editor's Insight: Paralysis by analysis defines meat industry reform
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For decades, sheep and beef farmers ruled the roost. They looked down on the hard-working cow cockies and sneered at those who looked elsewhere for potentially more profitable ventures, ranging from deer to alpacas and ostriches.
But the search for high returns was always elusive. Farming commodities tend to move in tandem as prices inevitably fall when supply exceeds demand after a period of high prices attracted more production.