Turkey Growers Increase Flock Size

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The September USDA Turkey Raised Report indicates a four percent increase from 2022. Turkeys raised in the U.S. during 2023 is forecasted at 219 million this month.

The top six states account for 68 percent of the turkeys produced in the U.S. during 2023. The largest turkey-producing state is Minnesota, at 39.0 million, up five percent from the previous year. North Carolina produced 29.0 million turkeys, up four percent from a year ago. Arkansas produced 27.5 million, up six percent from last year. Indiana produced 20.0 million turkeys, unchanged from last year, Missouri produced 18.0 million, up six percent from last year, and Virginia is up one percent from the previous year at 15.4 million turkeys.

Turkeys raised preliminary estimates include young turkeys intended for meat production and breeder turkeys reaching maturity during the calendar year.

(From the National Association of Farm Broadcasters)