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The Greenville Livestock Auction in Greenville, Ill. Beef prices are up 74 percent since 2009 to the highest on record, after a seven-year decline in the herd left the fewest cattle in at least six decades, government data show. Meat costs are rising faster than any other food group. (Bloomberg News photo by Megan Durisin)

Beef prices reach US record as nation's herd struggles to rebound

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By Megan Durisin

GREENVILLE, Ill. — For a guy who just sold some of his cattle at the highest price ever, Missouri rancher Ryan Sharrock is showing less enthusiasm for beef.

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