In their weekly of the U.S. pork industry, Glenn Grimes and RonPlain continue to worry about demand for pork and live hogs. The University of Missouri agricultural economists say that demand for all meats other than broilers is down this year when compared to last year’s totals.

For January-November, pork demand at the consumer level was down 4.7 percent, and it was down 6 percent for September-November. The good news for producers is that demand for live hogs was much better than the demand for meat at the retail level. Demand for live hogs was down only 0.5 percent from the same months in 2004.

Increased food and energy prices are taking its toll on consumers’ wallets. They want good meat, but at a reasonable price.

Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain, agricultural economists, University of Missouri