U.S. consumers will cut their per capita meat consumption during the next 10 years, according to USDA's Agricultural Long-Term Projections to 2017. The 110-page report was released this week.

Specifically looking at beef, per capita consumption will drop year by year until 2017, but consumers will not replace it with less expensive proteins, say USDA analysts. Per capita beef consumption in 2007 was 65 pounds, by 2017, it will be around 60.1, according to the report.

Meanwhile, per capita pork consumption, which stood at 50.5 pounds last year, will slip to 48.8 pounds. As for broilers, 2007 per capita consumption settled at 85.4 pounds, but will grow to 88.1 pounds by 2017, predicts USDA.

In the end, the projected net decrease for all three proteins is 2.9 pounds. USDA analysts point out  that the domestic declines reflects production adjustments in response to rising feed costs. It also accounts for rising U.S. export sales for all species.

Digging deeper into the report, it shows total annual per capita meat and poultry consumption falling from 221 pounds in 2007, bottoming out at 214 pounds in 2012 to 2014, and then rebounding to nearly 217 pounds by 2017.

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Source: Meatingplace.com, USDA