Value of poultry production in WV up 19%

Charleston, WV – The combined value of production and value of sales from broilers, turkeys, eggs, and the value of sales from chickens in 2021, was $291.4 million, up 19 percent from the combined value of $244.4 million in 2020.





Of the combined total, 47 percent was from broilers, 33 percent from turkeys, 20 percent from eggs, and less than 1 percent from sales of chickens. There were 66.2 million broilers produced in West Virginia during 2021, down 6 percent from the number of 70.2 million broilers produced in 2020. Total live weight was 258.2 million pounds, down 6 percent from 273.8 million pounds in 2020. Value of production totaled $137.4 million, up 40 percent from the 2020 value of $98.0 million. The average live weight equivalent price of 53.2 cents per pound is up from the 2020 average live weight equivalent price of 35.8 cents per pound. Equivalent price is for the commercial producer, not contractees.


Turkeys raised in West Virginia totaled 3.6 million head, down 8 percent from 3.9 million in 2020 total. Total live weight was 116.3 million pounds, down 8 percent from 126.0 million pounds in 2020. Value of production totaled $95.5 million, up 7 percent from the 2020 value of production of $89.3 million. The average live weight equivalent price was 82.1 cents per pound, up 11.2 cents per pound from the 2020 price of 70.9 cents per pound.

The number of chickens sold for slaughter (excluding broilers) totaled 1.56 million head, down 2 percent from the 2020 total of 1.59 million head sold. The number of pounds sold was 12.6 million pounds, down 2 percent from the 2020 number of 12.8 million pounds sold. Value of sales totaled $276.2 thousand, down from $345.4 thousand in 2020. Prices averaged 2.2 cents per pound, down from the 2020 price of 2.7

cents per pound.


Egg production in West Virginia totaled 298.2 million eggs during 2021, up 3 percent from the 2020 production of 290.3 million eggs. The average price per dozen was 234.8 cents, up from the 2020 average

price per dozen of 234.4 cents. The total value of production was $58.3 million, up 3 percent from the 2020 total of $56.7 million. Most eggs produced in West Virginia are hatching eggs for broilers, not for table egg consumption.

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