Economic Data
Broiler Companies
Download a list of U.S. broiler companies.
Egg Companies
Download a list of U.S. egg companies.
Turkey Companies
Download a list of U.S. turkey companies.
U.S. Egg per Capita Consumption
(Total egg production divided by total population)
U.S. per Capita Food Consumption - Chicken (Individual) Boneless, trimmed (edible) weight, pounds per capita per year.
Top Five Turkey Consumption Countries (2009)
(In kilograms per capita)
Source: American Egg Board Source: USDA/Economic Research Service Source: National Geographic

Library of Export Requirements

Broiler Exports (billions of pounds) - Rollover graph bars for exact numbers.

Source: USDA/Economic Research Service

Top 5 Export Markets for U.S. Turkey Meat, 2012 (tons) - Rollover graph bars for exact numbers.

Source: USDA FAS

Young Meat Chickens Slaughtered in 2012
State Number Liveweight Average Weight
  1,000 head 1,000 pounds Pounds
Georgia 1,222,366 6,799,424 5.6
Alabama 1,002,979 5,604,805 5.6
Arkansas 878,819 5,191,860 5.9
North Carolina 735,400 5,282,361 7.2
Mississippi 729,387 4,402,349 6
Texas 614,099 3,585,089 5.8
Missouri 422,672 2,035,032 4.8
Virginia 310,249 1,690,024 5.4
Delaware 309,147 2,194,460 7.1
Tennessee 307,252 1,584,897 5.2
Kentucky 302,252 1,680,928 5.6
South Carolina 277,948 1,918,749 6.9
California 265,849 1,522,915 5.7
Louisiana 180,072 1,141,346 6.3
Pennsylvania 130,066 730,437 5.6
Maryland 128,801 682,516 5.3
Oklahoma 122,744 818,673 6.7
West Virginia 113,724 453,154 4
United States 8,428,847 49,349,564 5.85

Poultry Production and Value 2012 Summary

Value of Production and Sales Up 8 Percent
The combined value of production from broilers, eggs, turkeys, and the value of sales from chickens in 2012 was $38.1 billion, up 8 percent from $35.3 billion in 2011. Of the combined total, 65 percent was from broilers, 21 percent from eggs, 14 percent from turkeys, and less than 1 percent from chickens.

U.S. Value of Broiler Production Down 2 Percent
The value of broilers produced during 2012 was $24.8 billion, up 8 percent from 2011. The total number of broilers produced in 2012 was 8.44 billion, down 2 percent from 2011. The total amount of live weight broilers produced in 2012 was 49.5 billion pounds, down 1 percent from 2011.

U.S. Value of Egg Production Up 13 Percent
Value of all egg production in 2012 was $7.82 billion, up 7 percent from $7.32 billion in 2011. Egg production totaled 92.9 billion eggs, up 1 percent from 91.9 billion eggs produced in 2011.

U.S. Value of Turkey Production Up 14 Percent
The value of turkeys produced during 2012 was $5.44 billion, up 10 percent from the $4.96 billion the previous year. Turkey production in 2012 totaled 7.55 billion pounds, up 4 percent from the 7.27 billion pounds produced in 2011.

U.S. Value of Sales from Chickens Up 11 Percent
The value of sales from chickens (excluding broilers) in 2012 was $79.0 million, down 3 percent from $81.1 million a year ago. The number of chickens sold in 2012 totaled 178 million, down 2 percent from the total sold during the previous year.


Industry at a Glance
2007 Census of Agriculture

Organic Livestock Report

Nebraska Leads in Organic Poultry Production
The United States had nearly 5,538,011 certified organic layer hens in 2008, along with 9,015,984 organic broiler hens, 398,531 turkeys, and 565,549 unclassified organic poultry animals. Nebraska was the leader in organic poultry production, with 6,501,070 broilers in 2008. California had 848,238 organic broilers coming in 2nd for organic broiler production in 2008.

Source: USDA/ERS


Top 10 Egg Producing Companies (As of 2010) - Rollover graph bars for exact numbers.

(Millions of Layers in Production)
Source: Watt PoultryUSA

Top 10 Egg Producing States (As of 2012) - Rollover graph bars for exact numbers.

(Ranked by number of layers represented in thousands)
Source: American Egg Board

PRODUCTION: BROILERS - Rollover graph bars for exact numbers.

Total: 617.86

Ready to cook pounds, millions
Source: Watt PoultryUSA Feb. 2012

PRODUCTION: TURKEYS (2012)* - Rollover graph bars for exact numbers.

1,000 pounds
Source: USDA/NASS 2013


Top Turkey Processors 2012- Rollover graph bars for exact numbers.

Live weight processed (in millions of pounds)
2013 WattPoultry USA)

Sources of Economic Information for Various States

Alabama Alabama Agricultural Statistics Service
Arkansas Arkansas Agricultural Statistics Service
Delaware Delaware Agricultural Statistics Service
Florida Florida Agricultural Statistics Service
Georgia Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service
Indiana Indiana Agricultural Statistics Service
Kentucky Kentucky Agricultural Statistics Service
Louisiana Louisiana Agricultural Statistics Service
Maryland Maryland Agricultural Statistics Service
Mississippi Mississippi Agricultural Statistics Service
Missouri Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service
Nebraska Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service
North Carolina North Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service
Ohio Ohio Agricultural Statistics Service
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Oklahoma Oklahoma Agricultural Statistics Service
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Agricultural Statistics Service
South Carolina South Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service
Tennessee Tennessee Agricultural Statistics Service
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Texas Texas Agricultural Statistics Service
Virginia Virginia Agricultural Statistics Service
West Virginia West Virginia Agricultural Statistics Service
Miscellaneous National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, American Egg Board, Georgia Egg Commission, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service

Broiler Hatchery

Turkey Hatchery

Cold Storage

Chickens and Eggs

Poultry Slaughter

Feed Outlook

Oilseed Outlook

Dairy, Livestock and Poultry Outlook


Approximately 300,000 people are employed in chicken processing plants nationwide and another 60,000 in feed mills, hatcheries, distribution centers, corporate headquarters and other locations. Wages offered by poultry plants are similar to those paid by competitive jobs in the surrounding community. Currently (2002) the average hourly wage for production workers in poultry slaughter and processing plants nationwide is estimated at $9.76 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Processing companies also offer benefits packages that typically include medical and dental benefits, paid vacation, an opportunity to participate in a 401(K) or similar retirement plan and job-related educational improvement opportunities.

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