Get out the charcoal. It’s time to fire up the grill. Memorial Day is the unofficial start of grilling season, which is certainly good news for livestock and poultry farmers.
“Memorial Day is significant. It’s a weekend holiday where we expect people to be out going to the lake, getting in the backyard. Whatever they’re going to do, a lot of time it’s going to involve a grill and that grill is going to have meat on it,” said John Anderson, AFBF livestock economist.
Anderson said livestock and poultry farmers have waited a while for good news. They have been losing money since 2008. Livestock prices started edging back up at the beginning of this year due to supply reductions and improving demand as the economy improves.
“We’re coming into this Memorial Day season at historically what are pretty good prices and that’s been very favorable for our producers who very much needed to see some price improvement because of the rough couple of years they’ve been through,” Anderson said.