March 19 is National Poultry Day in the U.S.A. It’s a day when appetites are…
March 19 is National Poultry Day in the U.S.A. It’s a day when appetites are whetted, and chickens are terrified.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, the U.S. poultry industry is the world’s largest producer and second largest exporter of poultry meat and a major egg producer.
U.S. consumption of poultry meat (broilers, other chicken, and turkey) is considerably higher than beef or pork, but less than total red meat consumption.
With almost 18 percent of total poultry production exported, the U.S. poultry industry is heavily influenced by currency fluctuations, trade negotiations, and economic growth in importing markets.
The poultry and egg industry is a major user of feed grains.
Global production is forecast to grow 1 percent in 2018 to 91.3 million tons, primarily from gains in the United States, Brazil, India, and the European Union.
U.S. and Brazilian expansion is driven by higher exports while the European Union and India are due to slow but steady growth in domestic demand. China’s production is forecast down 5 percent in 2018 for a third year in a row.