Canadian poultry and egg statistics
Statistics Canada has released a report on the poultry
and egg industries in the country, which indicates that production levels of chicken,
turkey, and eggs have increased moderately.
that Canadian farmers produced 1.2 million tonnes of poultry meat in 2005, up
3.6% from 2004. Chicken accounts for close to 87% of all poultry meat produced.
It increased 3.1% from year-ago levels. Turkey production stood at 155 thousand tonnes in 2005, an
increase of 7.1% from 2004.
Egg production in 2005, at 586.9million dozen, increased 5.9% from2004, due
to the re-population of flocks following the outbreak of avian
in British Columbia.
During the first 9 months of 2006, egg production totalled 440.3 million
dozen, an increase of 0.9% from the same period in 2005. In September 2006, it
was down 1.9%, compared to September of last year.
shows that the consumption of poultry and eggs has
stabilised in recent years.
Poultry consumption was 13.7 kilograms per person in 2005, a slight
increase of 1.0% from last year and well above the 11.6 kilograms consumed per
person ten years ago. Annual egg consumption was measured at 12.9 dozen per
person in 2005, following a slight decrease in 2004.
The report says that the stabilised consumption levels are owing to the
availability of varied, easy-to-prepare and ready-to-eat poultry products, and
the positive publicity surrounding the nutritional value of eggs and the
increased use of value-added and processed egg products.
The value of poultry products totalled $2.6 billion in 2005, virtually
unchanged from 2004. Sales of poultry meat, including turkey, were up 2.1% with
a total value close to $1.9 billion. The value of egg sales, however, decreased
4.2% from 2004 to stand at $717.2 million.
All figures are in Canadian dollars (1 CAD = 0.877 USD/0.664 EUR).
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