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Meat Prices Soar, Locals Feel The Squeeze

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This weekend is all about remembering service members, but it's also a big weekend to spend time with family around the grill.  It's costing more to fire up those grills and that's affecting how much customers are buying from local meat markets.

"The supply is way down. The demand, of course, this time of year is way up," said Dan Haskins, owner of Cattlemen's Meat Market in East Moline.

He says meat prices have shot up 30 percent just in the last few months and he blames the California drought for it.

"California hasn't had rain for years. There is a lot of beef in California. A lot of beef cattle, dairy cattle. You've got to keep those animals hydrated and you're losing a lot of animals, " said Haskins.

When meat supply is down, prices are sure to soar and it's causing Haskins to look for the best deals to keep his doors open.

"My ground chuck used to sell an eight pound bag for $29, now its up to $32," said Haskins.

"I have several different suppliers and I will try to shop the best price between my supplier so I can give my customer the best price," said Haskins. "During the holidays people don't care what the price is. With the weather being nice, the grills are stoked."

"Being on a fixed income, we can't buy like we used to. We keep just enough to get us by," said customer William Nelson.

"I think beef is essential for your every day life and you have to make room for it like gas prices. You just have to re-budget," said customer Gratianni Sausedo.
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