Beef, pork prices hitting meat lover's pocket book

Published On: Apr 08 2014 09:57:29 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 08 2014 10:49:26 PM CDT
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Meat consumers may have noticed a sticker shock in the butcher case.

As beef prices climb to record highs, pork prices across the United State have spiked 10 percent over the past year.

Justin Everhart, Sigs Meats owner, said he believes the price of fuel and grain led to higher pork prices. Those price fluctuations are cyclical when it comes to the prices of meat.

"It's a shock right now to everybody," Everhart said. "The beef got high, the pork and chicken stayed real competitive. Everybody switched gears from buying the beef like they used to, and they're buying the pork and the chicken."

Everhart said he's seen many switch back to beef with the pork prices up.

Others blame the price increase on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PED virus, that's killed millions of baby pigs. The virus has found it's way into 27 states, including Kansas, since last Spring.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the nation's pig herd population has shrunk three percent since the disease first appeared.