December poultry production up, led by chicken

December poultry production up, led by chicken

U.S. poultry production was up in December.

The USDA says 4.32 billion pounds of poultry were certified as wholesome last month, an increase of 3% on the year.

That was due to a 4% rise in chicken to 3.893 billion pounds because of a higher processing pace and mostly heavier live weights, while canceled out a 3% decline in turkey production to 414.216 million pounds with a slower slaughter rate and mostly lower live weights.

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