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Holy cow! Meat prices rising across the board

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Holy cow? Have you seen the price of beef lately? According to DC Meats owner Steve Gill, we'll soon be saying "Holy Pork!" and "Holy Chicken!"

Robert Kelly from Purdue Extension in Elkhart County says the number of cows in the country is at its lowest point since 1952. This was brought on by a drought a few years back which spiked the amount of feed cost for farmers, ultimately forcing farmers to sell their herd or not produce more cattle.

As manager of DC Meats Steve Gill tells us, people switch to pork when beef prices go up. However, the recent PED virus that has hit the pork industry is forcing the prices up. The next meat in line that DC Meats says consumers will jump for is chicken. Gill says in just one week their normal order of beef went up, along with their pork order going up $900, and chicken, they say, is already up 24 cents a pound.

Gills says in his 30-years in the meat business, he's never seen prices this high, and he predicts they won't go down anytime soon. However, he believes his prices beat the local supermarket price. He says although it's an extra trip, buying at local meat markets can save costs because meat markets save on cost. Gill says when the shelf-life of a product is expired, they can take that meat and reuse them for hot dogs and sausage, instead of throwing the product away.

His advice when it comes to buying meat, buy local and buy bulk. He says when the consumer buys more at one time, you save on price, and you can freeze the rest of the bulk for a later date.

Mike Yoder, an Elkhart Dairy Farmer, says the price of meat isn't the only thing going up. He says the price of milk is at an all-time high. Yoder says the price of feed affected dairy farmers across the U.S., along with the recent high demand to export milk. 

Yoder says although consumers are taking a hit in milk prices, dairy farmers are reaping the benefits. Last year, he says the price of feed was around $8 dollars per bushel, and he produced less milk than years past. This year, Yoder says the price of feed dropped to $4 dollars per bushel, and dairy farmers were able to bounce back and produce more milk this year.

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