January 27, 2015

Sky high meat prices could limit 4th of July grilling

The high cost of meat could take the sizzle out of Nebraskans 4th of July cookouts this year. Annemarie Kuhns is an economist with the U-S Department of Agriculture and says if it goes on the grill it is going to cost more than one year ago. She says beef and veal is 10.7% higher than one year ago. Pork is 12.2% higher and chicken – poultry is upĀ 2.6% .

Kuhns breaks that down and says sirloin steak is up 80-cents a pound, hamburger up 55-cents and bone in pork chops are up 68-cents a pound.

Those on a budget may want to consider a whole chicken – up only 9-cents a pound from one year ago.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation the cost of a 4th of July picnic that includes hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk will cost $5.87 a person this year. That is a 5% increase from one year ago.