Farm Focus: Turkey
Turkey may be eaten most often for Thanksgiving, but over the past 40 years, more Americans have enjoyed this protein year-round. In fact, in 1970 we consumed 50 percent of all turkey during the holidays, but today that number has dropped to 31 percent, as people eat this poultry throughout the year.
Check out more facts from the most recent statistics we found about turkey production:
- Illinois farmers produce close to 3 million turkeys a year.
- The average turkey weighs 15 pounds and contains 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
- The United States consumed 16.1 pounds of turkey per person, and turkey ranked as the No. 4 protein choice for American consumers.
- The turkey sector employs between 20,000 and 25,000 people in the United States.
- The most popular turkey product is the whole turkey.
- Exports make up more than 12 percent of total turkey production in the United States. The top markets include China, Hong Kong and Canada.
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