Economist analyzes Choice-Select spread
The Choice-Select spread increased earlier than normal this spring, thanks in part to supply issues. The bigger spread provides more of an incentive for increased production of Choice beef. During a 12-month period of time the Choice-Select spread is typically narrowest in the January-to-March timeframe as the demand for Choice-graded middle meats is at its lowest. And the supply of Choice-graded cattle is typically at its highest.