A year ago, times were at their toughest for Utah's cattle industry. A stagnant economy and rising business costs hurt many ranchers financially.

This year, times are still tough economically, but things are looking up. The beef industry is one of the few agricultural industries that is in the black, and sales to overseas markets continue to improve.

"Industry prices are probably a little better this year than last year," says Brent Tanner, executive vice president of the Utah Cattlemen's Association.

"While our beef producers aren't getting rich right now, they are in a better marketplace than they were last year."

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