THE POULTRY INDUSTRY
U.S.A.

The United States produces almost eight billion chickens, turkey and ducks per year; about 7.7 billion broilers; about 301 million turkeys, about 303 million layers. Number of chickens and turkeys are increasing, while the number of farms is decreasing due to larger, more efficient farms. It is predicted that in ten years the average layer farm size will be 300,000 or more.

U.S. EGG PRODUCTION AND LAYER NUMBERS - 1997
U.S. egg production totaled over 77 billion eggs. Layer numbers averaged 303 million.

TOP 10 EGG PRODUCERS IN THE UNITED STATES - 1997
Numbers of Layers

1.  Ohio 25.9 million
2.  California 25.6
3.  Pennsylvania 21.3
4.  Iowa 21.2
5.  Indiana 21.1
6.  Georgia 19.8
7.  Texas 16.8
8.  Arkansas 14.5
9.  North Carolina 12.2
10. Minnesota 11.7

Top 10 Egg Producers in the United States

 

TOP 10 TURKEY PRODUCING STATES - 1997

1. North Carolina 53.5 million
2. Minnesota 46.0
3. Arkansas 30.0
4. Virginia 25.0
5. Missouri 22.0
6. California 21.0
7. Indiana 14.2
8. Pennsylvania 11.6
9. South Carolina 11.2
10. Iowa 7.0

Top 10 Turkey Producing States

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