Canadian poultry meat production drops for first time in decade due to pandemic, but eggs go up

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      Disruptions caused by COVID-19 have led to the first drop in Canadian poultry meat production in a decade.

      However, egg production continued to increase for the 16th consecutive year.

      “Producers faced temporary closures of processing facilities and reduced demand from the food service industry as a result of the pandemic,” Statistics Canada stated in a report Thursday (May 27).

      Poultry producers delivered 1.5 billion kilograms of chicken, turkey, and stewing hens in 2020.

      The figure represents a 2.2 percent decline from 2019.

      This was the first decline in the total weight of poultry birds produced in the country in a decade, Statistics Canada reported.

      “Nevertheless, sales of poultry meat held steady at $3.2 billion in 2020, as a result of higher producer prices,” the federal agency noted.

      Meanwhile, net egg production rose 2.1 percent annually to 839.3 million dozen eggs in 2020, marking the “16th consecutive annual increase”.

      Moreover, the total value of eggs produced rose 3.9 percent to $1.6 billion in 2020.

      “As a result, the average value of eggs produced increased from $1.91 per dozen in 2019 to $1.94 per dozen in 2020,” Statistics Canada reported.

      How did farmers in British Columbia do?

      The federal agency reported that producers in B.C. received the highest producer prices for their turkey at $2.39 per kilogram in 2020.

      They also did well with their eggs.

      B.C. producers received the highest price for their eggs at $2.24 per dozen on average in 2020, which was up 2.3 percent from 2019. 

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