February poultry production up 4% on year
The USDA says poultry production during February 2020 was 3.912 billion pounds, up 4% from February 2019, aided by Leap Day. Chicken production was most of the total at 3.455 billion pounds, up 5% on the year, cancelling out a 2% decline in turkey to 446.743 million and an 11% drop for duck at 10.636 million pounds. The total live weight was 5.169 billion pounds, also 4% higher than the year before.
The chicken slaughter was 3% above a year ago at 725.005 million head, while the turkey kill was down 2% at 17.120 million and the duck slaughter was 9% lower at 14.737 million head, while average live weights were a little lighter to modestly heavier than last year. Chickens averaged 6.34 pounds, 2% heavier, turkeys averaged 62.69 pounds, slightly lighter, and ducks averaged 6.99 pounds, down 1%.
Ante-mortem condemnations were 11.508 million pounds, 9% lower than last year, representing 0.22% of the preliminary live weight, and post-mortem condemnations were 29.758 million pounds, 10% below a year ago, making up 0.75% of monthly production.
Year to date poultry production is 8.444 billion pounds, 5% ahead of the 2019 pace.
The USDA’s next set of supply and demand estimates is currently scheduled for April 9th.