February poultry production up 2% on year

February poultry production up 2% on year

U.S. poultry production was up modestly on the year in February.

The USDA says 4.054 billion pounds of poultry were certified as wholesome in February 2023, up 2% from February 2022. Chicken was 3% higher on the year at 3.624 billion pounds, while turkey was 1% lower at 418.927 million pounds.

February’s chicken slaughter was up 2% at 738.997 million head and the total average live weight was 1% heavier at 6.5 pounds per bird, while the turkey slaughter was 1% above a year ago at 15.967 million head, but the total average live weight was down 2% at 32.8 pounds.

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