Turkey prices up 73-percent over last Thanksgiving

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Fargo, ND) -- Thanksgiving dinner is going to be more expensive this year.

Turkey prices are 73-percent higher than last year and analysts say they could stay that way through the holiday. It's largely due to the spread of bird flu, which led to a smaller supply.

Higher feed costs and a labor shortage also factored in to the increase in price.

The USDA says the cost of an eight-to-16-pound turkey is a-dollar-99-cents-a-pound, compared to a-dollar-15 last year.