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Poultry and egg statistics, December 2018

Released: 2018-12-21

Stocks of total frozen poultry meat in cold storage increased 5.3% from December 1, 2017, to 83 446 tonnes on December 1, 2018. The largest increase came from frozen chicken stocks, up 18.6% from the previous year to 49 486 tonnes. On December 1, 2018, frozen turkey stocks equalled 27 351 tonnes, down 12.4% from December 1, 2017.

In November 2018, placements of hatchery chicks on farms decreased 2.2% compared with November 2017, to 60.9 million birds. Over the same period, placements of turkey poults declined 4.3% to 1.5 million birds. While monthly placements of turkey poults have risen slightly since the data series started in 1970, placements of hatchery chicks have tripled, up from 18.9 million birds in November 1970. Chicken meat available per person for consumption has more than doubled since 1970, while turkey meat available for consumption has remained steady. In contrast, beef available for consumption has decreased by one-third.

Egg production rose 2.8% from October 2017 to 66.7 million dozen in October 2018, continuing its steady growth on a year-over-year basis.

Chart 1  Chart 1: November chick placements, 1970 to 2018
November chick placements, 1970 to 2018

Chart 2  Chart 2: November turkey poult placements, 1970 to 2018
November turkey poult placements, 1970 to 2018

  Note to readers

Poultry and egg statistics are available for Canada and the provinces.

Data on stocks of frozen eggs and poultry meats as well as edible dried egg products are available for December 2018. Data on the placements of hatchery chicks and turkey poults are available for November 2018. Data on egg production are available for October 2018.

Data on chicken, turkey, and beef available for consumption were taken from table 32-10-0054.

These data are subject to revision.

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