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U.S.: Value of production and sales of poultry up 31 percent, cattle down slightly

Christian Fernsby |
The combined value of production from broilers, eggs, turkeys, and the value of sales from chickens in 2021 was $46.1 billion, up 31 percent from $35.1 billion in 2020, USDA reports.

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Of the combined total, 68 percent was from broilers, 19 percent from eggs, 13 percent from turkeys, and less than 1 percent from chickens.

The value of broilers produced during 2021 was $31.5 billion, up 48 percent from 2020. The total number of broilers produced in 2021 was 9.13 billion, down 1 percent from 2020. The total amount of live weight broilers produced in 2021 was 59.2 billion pounds, down slightly from 2020.

The value of turkeys produced during 2021 was $5.89 billion, up 14 percent from the $5.17 billion the previous year. The total number of turkeys raised in 2021 was 217 million, down 3 percent from 2020. Turkey production in 2021 totaled 7.18 billion pounds, down 2 percent from the 7.29 billion pounds produced in 2020.

The value of sales from chickens (excluding broilers) in 2021 was $14.9 million, down 20 percent from $18.6 million a year ago. The number of chickens sold in 2021 totaled 180 million, down 3 from the total sold during the previous year.

Value of all egg production in 2021 was $8.68 billion, up slightly percent from $8.66 billion in 2020. Egg production totaled 111 billion eggs, down 1 percent from 112 billion eggs produced in 2020.

Total 2021 production of cattle and calves and hogs and pigs for the United States totaled 85.9 billion pounds, down slightly from 2020. Production increased 1 percent for cattle and calves but decreased 1 percent for hogs and pigs.

Total 2021 cash receipts from marketings of meat animals increased 23 percent to $101 billion. Cattle and calves accounted for 72 percent of this total and hogs and pigs accounted for 28 percent.

The 2021 gross income from cattle and calves and hogs and pigs for the United States totaled $101 billion, up 23 percent from 2020. Gross income increased 15 percent for cattle and calves and 46 percent for hogs and pigs from previous year's gross income.

Cattle and Calves: Cash receipts from marketings of cattle and calves increased 16 percent, from $63.1 billion in 2020 to $72.9 billion in 2021. All cattle and calf marketings totaled 61.4 billion pounds in 2021, up 4 percent from 2020.

Hogs and Pigs: Cash receipts from hogs and pigs totaled $28.0 billion during 2021, up 46 percent from 2020. Marketings totaled 41.8 billion pounds in 2021, down slightly from 2020.


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