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Soaring meat costs are supplying plenty of fodder for headline writers just as we cast off the last traces of a nasty winter and head straight into prime barbecue season.

What better time to raise prices? Mix pent-up consumer demand with well-publicized shortages of beef and pork, stir in legitimate worries about a piglet-ravaging virus, and you have the ideal recipe for a string of increases from farm gate to table.

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