Broiler Chicken Industry Key Facts 2021

 

  • Approximately 30 federally-inspected companies are involved in the business of raising, processing and marketing chickens on a “vertically integrated” basis – that is, the company is able to ensure quality and consumer requirements at each step of the process. 
  • About 25,000 family farmers have production (growout) contracts with the companies.  Approximately 95 percent of broiler chickens are produced on these farms, with the remaining 5 percent raised on company-owned farms or farms without contracts. Family farms also produce pullets and hatching eggs under contracts. 
  • In 2021, over 9.2 billion broiler chickens, weighing more than 59.5 billion pounds, liveweight, were produced. More than 41.9 billion pounds of chicken product were marketed, measured on a ready-to-cook basis. 
  • The United States has the largest broiler chicken industry in the world with about 17 percent of production exported to other countries. 
  • The United States is the second leading broiler exporter in the world, behind Brazil. 
  • The top 5 export destinations (value) in 2021 were China, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, and Angola. 
  • The top 5 export destinations (volume) in 2021 were Mexico, China, Cuba, Angola, and Taiwan. 
  • Americans consume more chicken (young meat chicken and fowl) than anyone else in the world – more than 97 pounds per capita in 2021 – the number one protein consumed in the United States. 
  • The top 7 broiler producing states are: North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, and Delaware.

 

 

Broiler Chicken Business Key Facts 2021

Basic economic measurements include:
Number of slaughter/evisceration plants195
Number of workers directly employed409,000
Number of workers indirectly employed1.6 million
Number of family farms growing broilers and/or
producing hatching eggs
25,000
Amount of corn used for broiler and breeder feedMore than 1.4 billion bushels
Amount of soybean (meal component) used for Broiler and breeder feed
More than 580 million bushels
Amount of mixed feed used65 million tons
Wholesale value of shipments of industry$90 billion
Consumer expenditures for chicken$120 billion

Source: USDA and NCC. No estimated or forward-looking figures are provided by NCC.