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2023 poultry production tops 2022

U.S. poultry production in 2023 was 52.58 billion pounds, an increase of 439.663 million pounds from 2022.

The USDA says most of that was chicken at 46.975 billion pounds, up 196.257 million on the year, with turkey at 5.457 billion pounds, 234.676 million more than the previous year.

The annual chicken slaughter was lower, but the total live weight and average weights were heavier, while the turkey slaughter, total live weight, and average weights were all larger.

The 2023 total was a little bit more than what the USDA was projecting for the year as recently as this past February, with the updated 2024 outlook set for Friday, March 8th.

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