Canadian poultry and egg statistics

30-11-2006 | |
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.

Statistics Canada’s report indicates 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 influenza 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.
The report 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).