Broiler Chicken Industry Key Facts 2019

Basic economic measurements include:
Number of slaughter/evisceration plants 180
Number of workers directly employed 355,00
Number of workers indirectly employed 1.2 million
Number of family farms growing broilers and/or producing hatching eggs 25,000
Amount of corn used for broiler and breeder feed More than 1.2 billion bushels
Amount of soybean (meal component) used for
Broiler and breeder feed
More than 500 million bushels
Amount of mixed feed used 60 million tons
Wholesale value of industry shipments $65 billion
Consumer retail expenditures for chicken $95 billion


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