Retail pork prices for March averaged $2.83 per pound, up 0.3 percent compared to March 2007.   But this was far short of matching the inflation rate. The March Consumer Price Index was up 4 percent compared to 12 months earlier. 

The prices of other meats outpaced inflation. During March, fresh beef prices were up 5 percent, broiler prices were up 6.8 percent, and turkey prices were up 6.7 percent compared to March 2007.

Red ink, due to high feed costs, will eventually force a cutback in U.S. meat production, and with that, meat and poultry prices will eventually rise. Unfortunately, profits will come too late for the survival of some hog farms.