A while back one of our Canadian members posted a cook and IIRC the price of the beef they cooked was about 1/2 what we Americans are paying.
I've been meaning to post this from Yahoo News for everyone to see.
4 companies control about 85% of all US beef production.
Can't get the link to post
I'll try another link to a similar story
You can search Google for "4 companies control beef production" and find the Yahoo article I tried to post.