Poultry's Pains
Victoria G. Myers Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Wed May 27, 2015 01:24 PM CDT

For cattle producers the idea of 33 million lost birds in the poultry industry seems staggering. After all, the entire U.S. beef cow herd is 29.7 million head. Surely the astronomical losses being reported among poultry producers will impact everything from feed prices to the cost of a pound of chicken. With poultry, however, it's all relative.

Recent numbers from USDA and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, showed total number of layers at 362 million, broilers at 8.5 billion and turkeys at 235 million. Add it up and it's a staggering 9-billion-plus birds. Thirty-three million of that is 0.37%, ...

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