Meat Price Spreads

This data set provides monthly average price values, and the differences among those values, at the farm, wholesale, and retail stages of the production and marketing chain for selected cuts of beef, pork, and broilers. In addition, retail prices are provided for beef and pork cuts, turkey, whole chickens, eggs, and dairy products. Price spreads are reported for last 6 years, 12 quarters, and 24 months. The retail price file provides monthly estimates for the last 6 months. The historical file provides data since 1970.

Farm-to-consumer price spreads for other foods can be found in the Price Spreads from Farm to Consumer dataset.

Errata: On January 12, 2020, a correction was made to the data used to calculate December 2019's byproduct, net farm, and wholesale values for Choice beef. These in turn spawned modifications to the price spread calculations, and the averages for Q4 of 2019 and for 2019 annual values. In essence, the corrected value for December 2019 wholesale value of beef was revised downward by 28.9 cents, and the byproduct value was revised upward by 13.5 cents.


Data Set Last Updated Next Update
Choice beef values and spreads and the all-fresh retail value 3/11/2020 4/10/2020
Pork values and spreads 3/11/2020 4/10/2020
Retail prices for beef, pork, poultry cuts, eggs, and dairy products 3/11/2020 4/10/2020
Summary of retail prices and price spreads 3/11/2020 4/10/2020
Historical monthly price spread data for beef, pork, broilers 2/28/2020 3/1/2021

Last updated: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

For more information contact: William Hahn