High production costs keep Easter ham costs high
While many families bought a nice Easter ham at the supermarket this week, some may have taken a look at the price tag and decided on a new holiday menu, sans the traditional pork product.
Thanks mostly to high feed costs, the price of ham has been running high for the last two years with no sign of abating, according to the Associated Press.
Livestock economist Shane Ellis said the price of ham isn’t likely to drop soon because pork producers’ costs aren’t decreasing. Feed, which is mainly corn, is running about $6 a bushel — not far from the record $7.99 per bushel set last June.
Many pork producers are also spending a pretty penny to do away with gestation crates in order to create a more open living area, thanks mostly to public pressure from animal welfare activists.
Though ham is a popular Easter entrée, prices generally peak around June, Ellis told the AP. Even so, prices are high enough right now to give some people pause in the checkout line.
As the AP says:
Ham will be the centerpiece of many Easter dinners this weekend, but the cost of that traditional main dish may make it harder for families to live high on the hog.