US turkey eggs, poults down slightly from 2011 numbers
Poult placements down 6 percent from January 2012
U.S. turkey eggs in incubators on March 1 totaled 28.3 million, down slightly from March 1, 2011, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture report.
The numbers were up 1 percent, however, from the February 1 total of 28 million eggs. Turkey poults hatched during February totaled 22.9 million, down 1 percent from February 2011 numbers, and were down 6 percent from the January 2012 total of 24.5 million poults.
The 22.3 million net poults placed during February were up 1 percent from the number placed during the same month in 2011. Net placements were down 6 percent from the January total of 23.6 million, according to USDA data.
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