May U.S. poultry below previous year

U.S. poultry production declined in May.

The USDA says 4.5 billion pounds of poultry were certified wholesome last month, down 2% from May 2023, with slaughter and total live weight lower for both chickens and turkeys. That decrease in slaughter, especially for turkeys, can be tied partially to reports of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in parts of the U.S.

The chicken slaughter for May was 821.354 million head with a total live weight of 5.353 billion pounds, both 1% lower, with the turkey slaughter at 16.879 million head, down 12%, and a total live weight of 553.947 million pounds, 9% lighter.

For 2024 to date, U.S. poultry production is 21.797 billion pounds, slightly ahead of the 2023 pace.

The USDA’s next round of annual poultry production projections is out July 12th.

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