Man-day Post: Econ 101, Now With More Mexican Cattle

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Here’s a little side note from Jennifer’s article on BlogHer which I hope you have already taken the time to read.

Do you ever have moments when information just clicks?  Something that takes a really large issue and brings it into a single local issue and suddenly everything makes sense?

I’ll show you an example.

Here are some Mexican Cows that Jennifer and I saw on our border trip:

Well, not all of them are Mexican, just the lighter colored ones.  What you see here are cows from different countries living in harmony:

And it’s all because hamburger is sooo darn expensive.

Yep, you’ve been to the grocery store, you know what I am talking about.  Hamburger is outrageously expensive.  So is milk, but we already covered that.

So because Beef is so much more expensive, Mexican cattlemen (there is evidently not a cool term for Mexican Cattlemen, like “vaqueros” instead of cowboys) are raising more cattle to ship to the United States, because we all know there CANNOT be a beef shortage right before football season.  As a consequence of raising more cattle, they are overgrazing their pastureland.  We cannot do this in the United States because much of the pastureland is owned by the federal government and leased back to ranchers.  When Jennifer and I were on the border looking over the cattle fence that separates the two countries there was a noticeable difference between the vegetation on the other side of the fence.  It was more brown and barren because there are too many cows for two little grass in that pasture.

So, when a smuggler cuts the fence to smuggle drugs into the United States, the Mexican cattle follow right behind, because the grass REALLY IS greener on the other side.

So once a week or so, the kind rancher, Mr. Bell, who gave us our tour, has to round up the Mexican cattle and show them to the gate he made in the fence for this very purpose (yes there is a gate in the wire fence between the United States and Mexico with evidently no passport or waiting in line required.)

So Econ 101, Demand goes up for a product, market rises to meet demand, market must make changes or sacrifices in order to meet increasing demand, this sacrifice results in renegade cattle moving across the border to hang out with their American Beef Brethren.  And my first year of college now makes a lot more sense (except for the girl I dated for two months, that will NEVER make any sense.)

As a secondary note, At the Mariposa border crossing, they just finished a multimillion dollar cattle inspection facility to make sure that ALL of the cattle are thoroughly inspected and “dipped” before they are allowed to mingle with the American cattle in the pens on the other side, awaiting shipment to the rest of the United States.

This is, of course to ensure that no disease is allowed to transfer from the Mexican cattle to the States-side cattle or vice-versa.  It is a lesson in the thoroughness and efficiency that only government can manage when it comes to solving these types of problems.


Lessons to be learned everywhere!



  1. Great post, Jen’s Guy – taking me back to my college days of supply and demand… Ugh, not sure I remember that much from freshman year.

    On a different note, I’m sure you and the kids are beaming! That Jen did one heck of a great job with the post on BlogHer!

    Congratulations to both of you.
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    1. Yep, her mom is pretty proud of her too. Seriously though, it has changed things for us. Whenever we read an article about the immigration crisis and it fails to mention anything about the cartels, we go ahead and throw the article out. That is a pretty important part of the story, and if you aren’t even mentioning it, you have no real knowledge of the issue, or you are hiding something.

  2. Yup, I totally was transported back to good old macro-economics and freshman year of college, which was more years ago then I like to admit, but still great article Jennsguy and huge contrast to Jen again on her BlogHer article, too!! :)
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    1. To be honest, Jennifer is quite a contrast to MOST of the other articles on Blog Her as well. It is wonderful that they wanted to add a little hard news as well.

  3. Yep, I speak little Spanish, I studied Russian, and even lived there for a bit. It was WAY too cold. Came home. Jennifer lived in Spain during the same time period. That was the better choice. Don’t know the Russian word for Cattle Baron either. . .

  4. Wow. Just wow.

    Next challenge for Jensguy: can you come up with an equally simple solution for how our government with it’s multibillion dollar problems and ridiculous stubborness can fix this? And/or what everyday people can do to help.

    I feel like I’m learning so much, but the knowledge is frustrating because it feels like there’s little one can do to fix it. (Insert similar concerns about the Israel/Gaza war and other global issues here.)
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