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January poultry production up on year

4.547 billion pounds of poultry were certified wholesome in January 2024. The USDA says that’s 2% more than in January 2023, with a 2% increase for chicken to 4.099 billion pounds canceling out a 2% decrease in turkey to 435.162 million. The chicken slaughter and... Read More.

Iowa House subcommittee passes poultry processing bill

A bill in the Iowa House would help increase processing opportunities for small-scale poultry processors and producers. Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig proposed the legislation and tells Brownfield it would allow poultry establishments to perform official inspected and custom-exempt processing at the same facility. “If... Read More.

Decline for December poultry production

Domestic poultry production dropped during December. The USDA says 4.062 billion pounds of poultry were certified wholesome, a down 6% on the year, including 3.657 billion pounds of chicken, 6% lower, and 393.012 million pounds of turkey, a decrease of 5%. Those declines were due... Read More.

Red meat in cold storage down on year, poultry up

Red meat in cold storage at the end of October 2023 fell sharply below the October 2022 total. The USDA says red meat stocks of 907.355 million pounds were 14% below a year ago thanks to good demand and slower than a year ago... Read More.

Indiana Poultry Association makes annual Statehouse presentation

The head of the Indiana State Poultry Association says its 76th Annual Poultry Presentation recognizes the contributions growers make throughout the year to fight food insecurity. Becky Joniskan tells Brownfield, “Two eggs a day is adequate protein for a child, so we really try... Read More.

USDA reduces 2023 red meat, poultry outlooks

The USDA has lowered its 2023 red meat and poultry production estimates. Beef production is seen at 26.932 billion pounds, down 44 million from October due reductions in steer and heifer slaughter canceling out higher cow slaughter and average dressed weights. The average steers... Read More.

HPAI case puts Arkansas poultry producers on high alert

Arkansas state veterinarian John Nilz says the first case of high-path avian influenza this fall hit a poultry-dense part of the state.  “We are having regular meetings with our entire commercial industry,” he says.  “Our extension services are reaching out to the backyard... Read More.

KDA Warns Poultry Owners of HPAI Resurgence Nationwide

By Kansas Department of Agriculture MANHATTAN, Kan. — Fall has brought a resurgence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) nationwide, including cases in several states that border Kansas — Missouri, Oklahoma and Colorado. Although Kansas has not confirmed a... Read More.

Illinois poultry producers should remain on alert for HPAI

The state veterinarian says Illinois poultry producers should remain on high alert as new cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza are confirmed in neighboring states. Dr. Mark Ernst tells Brownfield HPAI has not been detected in Illinois yet this fall, but it’s likely only... Read More.