Harrington's Sort & Cull
John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst
Fri Nov 21, 2014 01:15 PM CST

Judging by new meat spread data released on Thursday, Thanksgiving at the Beef family home promises to be a motley affair with levels of holiday cheer ranging from sugar-high kids at Disneyland to hunger-strikers at Guantanamo.

Ranchers and feedlot managers will be holding happy court at the head of the banquet table, their plates heaped high and wine glasses overflowing. Celebratory appetites among these family members may seem dangerously voracious. Yet the constant and vigorous backslapping should preempt any need for Heimlich maneuvers.

The average price of all fresh retail beef in October jumped to $5.957, 20% higher than the ...

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