CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - You're paying more for your beef in western Massachusetts; you might have a hard time finding steaks to grill this summer.
The U.S. Agriculture Department says the composite retail price on beef cuts, including choice beef and hamburger, climbed to an all time high of 4.82 a pound last month, up five percent from a year ago.
Takesha Burton of Turners Falls told 22News she's still looking forward to outdoor grilling this summer. "I see the change in price maybe about 10 to 20 cents per pound, when you look at the prices, but it's not a deterrent from purchasing the steaks and the chicken that I like to grill every year. So it's not affecting me at all at this time."
Larry Katz, owner of Arnold's Meats in Chicopee, said beef prices have gone up just like everything else. However, he told 22News suppliers can't raise the price of beef artificially. "It's not something they can store, they have to move it, and if there's too much of a supply and not enough demand, they'll lower the price just to move it out because they have more cattle coming in to be slaughtered."
Commodities experts predict an increased demand for beef as we get closer to the grilling season.