USDA: fewer turkeys raised in 2021

The USDA is projecting the number of turkeys raised in the U.S. this year at 214 million head, which would be down 4% from the 2020 total of 224 million head.

Minnesota has the largest inventory at 40.5 million turkeys, up 1%, the only major production state expected to see an increase. Second place North Carolina is pegged at 29 million head, 3% less than last year. Outside of the major production states, the USDA has the turkey population at 23.1 million head, 4% under a year ago.

The top six states account for 69% of production.

The numbers are based on a census of operations and includes data from the monthly turkey hatchery report.

Comparisons for Brownfield states:

Arkansas: 3rd largest: 27 million head, down 13% from 2020

Indiana: 4th largest: 19.8 million head, down 1% from 2020

Iowa: 7th largest: 11.5 million head, down 2% from 2020

Michigan: 11th largest: 5 million head, down 4% from 2020

Minnesota: Largest: 40.5 million head, up 1% from 2020

Missouri: 5th largest: 16.5 million head, down 3% from 2020

Ohio: 10th largest: 5.9 million head, down 2% from 2020

South Dakota: 12th largest: 4 million head, down 11% from 2020

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