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More Broilers, Fewer Turkeys in June 2010 Census

by 5m Editor
10 December 2010, at 9:25a.m.

ENGLAND - The latest National Statistics produced by Defra from the June Census of Agriculture and Horticulture in England reveals an 8.5 per cent increase in the number of poultry (at 125 million) compared to the year before.

According to the census report, total poultry numbers have increased by 8.5 per cent to around 125 million. This indicates strong growth in the sector, which may be due to an increased demand for cheaper meat and fast-food during the recession. Indeed, table chickens have increased by 6.9 per cent and continue to dominate the industry, accounting for 63 per cent of total poultry.

Meanwhile, the number of turkeys has fallen by 11.6 per cent to 3.6 million owing to a long-term reduction in turkey sales.

Poultry on agricultural holdings on 1 June (thousands; a)
2009
published
2009
revised (b)
2010 % change
2010/2009 (c)
June 2010
Confidence
Interval
Indicator
(d)
Total poultry 121,855 115,320 125,173 +8.5 ± 3,577 ***
Total breeding and laying fowl 33,119 31,060 35,630 +14.7 ± 1,397 ***
Table chickens (broilers) 77,684 73,679 78,788 +6.9 ± 3,243 ***
Other poultry 11,053 10,581 10,755 +1.6 ± 575 **
– Ducks 2,553 2,451 2,358 -3.8 ± 213 **
– Geese 127 116 122 +5.8 ± 15 *
– Turkeys 4,220 4,094 3,620 -11.6 ± 305 **
– All other poultry 4,153 3,920 4,655 18.7 ± 438 **
(a) Due to production cycles, subgroups within the poultry population are often volatile as the 'point in time' nature of the June Survey can lead to large variations in the numbers in each category.
(b) 2009 results have been revised to be on a comparable basis with 2010.
(c) Compared to 2009 revised results
(d) Indicator: Relative Standard Error (RSE); *** RSE <2.5%; ** RSE 2.5-5.0%; * RSE 5-10%


Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.