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Beef cattle in New England graze in a corral in March. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, supply and demand is what controls the price of beef cattle. But prices will fluctuate because it takes time to replenish the cattle supplies. Forum News Service photo

Consumers will have to shell out more to have meat on their plates this summer grilling season

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Beefing up could mean meat eaters will have to open up their wallets a little wider this summer, as the price of beef and other meats continues to climb.

“Beef prices have been high this year at all levels,” said William Hahn, an economist with the animal products branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. “April had the highest five-area 35-65 percent Choice Direct steer we have ever seen.”

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