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US: Turkeys raised down 8%

The total amount of turkeys raised in the US in 2009 is currently 250 mln birds. This figure is down 8% from the total number raised during the same period in 2008.

These are the latest figures reported by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Six states are expected to account for about two-thirds of the turkeys produced in the US during 2009: Minnesota, at 45.5 mln turkeys, is down 5% from 2008; North Carolina, at 37.5 mln turkeys, is down 6% from 2008; Arkansas, at 28 mln turkeys, is down 10% from a 2008; Missouri, at 21 mln turkeys, is unchanged from 2008; Virginia, at 16.4 mln turkeys, is down 9% from 2008; and California, at 15 mln turkeys, is down 6% from 2008.

Source: Meat & Poultry

Natalie Berkhout

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