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Feeling the pinch of higher beef and pork prices

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 RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Local butchers and customers are feeling the pinch of constantly rising beef and pork prices.

News Channel 5's Noelle Bellow spoke with a couple of butchers who say customers can expect these types of prices for years to come. 

After 34 years of being a butcher at Mac's Fresh Market, P.J. Jones says meat prices are highest he's seen since he's been in the meat business. 

"The reason for this is the cattle inventory is the lowest its been since the 1940’s," said Jones. "You could buy hamburger meat last year for probably $1.99 a pound, my hamburger meat right now is $3.69. We’re still selling steaks and hamburger meat, we still sell pork, but they're buying a little bit less because you know the prices have gone up but nobody’s salary has."

It's the same story over at M&M Martin Meats. Owner Ritchie Martin said, "right now ground chuck is $3.29 a pound, and probably not even a year ago it was like 2.59 a pound, so almost a dollar a pound within the last year.And you know, ground meat is a staple that most people use 2 or 3 times a week."


"I spoke with my vendors and you know, with the high cost of diesel, corn and the drought, when all that comes together, it creates the perfect storm for price increases."

Though prices are high, customers are still buying -- but they're buying smarter!

One woman said, "I told my daughter-in-law this is a bad day to go and buy groceries on a Tuesday, we should have waited till the end of the week when prices are lower".

"You just have to be careful and make wise choices, and make a list and don’t come to get groceries hungry. We just have to learn to adapt or do without," added James Foster.

No matter what you buy, these prices are probably here to stay. 

Jones said, "me and my family eat out of this store, so we know what they're dealing with.They can expect these prices for several years and who knows what the future holds."

Both Jones and Martin say looking for package deals, getting cheaper cuts of meat and buying in bulk will help you save money. 


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