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Top US turkey
production in 2016
Top US turkey companies increased production in 2016 and plan
more growth in 2017, according to WATT PoultryUSA's Top Poultry
BY GARY THORNTON
Turkey flocks back in
production after avian flu
U.S. turkey producers rebuilt turkey production levels in 2016, after
the highly pathogenic avian influen-
za outbreak of 2015 that resulted in
the loss of nearly 8 million turkeys.
A year ago, the number of U.S.
turkey producers reporting production decreases or no changes in
production overwhelmed the number reporting production increases
by 15:8. The scenario reversed in
2016 with 13 turkey companies reporting increases in production and
only three registering declines.
Turkey production gainers and
losers for 2016 are as follows:
■ Thirteen turkey companies increased production
■ Seven turkey producers had no
change in production
turkey producers re■
Total live pounds of turkeys
up in 2016
There was a net increase in
live pounds of production of
231.58 pounds, or 3.28 percent,
among the 23 U.S. turkey companies surveyed. Compare that with
the net decline of 66.1 million live
pounds produced in 2015.
The U.S. turkey industry has
recovered from what was the largest poultry disease outbreak in
U.S. history - one that hit the U.S.
turkey industry midstride of an
expansion of production as lower
feed costs and favorable wholesale
pricing generated profitable conditions.
Producers with largest
increases in 2016
U.S. turkey producers with the
largest increases in pounds produced in 2016 are as follows:
■ Jennie-O Turkey Store, +100.0
■ Hain Pure Protein, +51 mil.
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Top U.S. turkey companies increased production of pounds of
live turkeys in 2016 and plan to
grow again in 2017, according to
WATT PoultryUSA's 2016 Poultry
The largest 23 turkey producers in the United States increased
production by 231.58 pounds, or
3.28 percent in 2016, and several
plan to raise production levels
substantially in 2017.
The turkey producers surveyed
project they will increase production of live pounds of turkeys for
a net increase of 247.75 million
pounds in 2017.