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12 December 2013

USDA International Egg and Poultry: CanadaUSDA International Egg and Poultry: Canada

In 2003 Canada’s estimated turkey meat production was 148,000 metric tons (MT).
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From 2003 to 2007, Canada’s turkey production increased 22% to 180,000 MT and then dropped 12% to 159,000 MT in 2010. Canada’s turkey meat production has been increasing since and is estimated in 2013 to be up 4% since 2010 and up 12% since 2003.

Estimated total turkey meat consumption in Canada followed a similar pattern as Canada’s turkey production, increasing and peaking in 2008. After turkey consumption declined from 2008 to 2010, there is only a brief increase in consumption in 2011 followed by another decline 2012 and only a slight increase for 2013.

Canada’s total estimated turkey meat exports have increased about 63% from 2003 to 2013, or from 11% of total estimated turkey production in 2003 to 16% of total production in 2013. Total estimated turkey meat imports have remained generally steady over the last 10 years.

Canada is the number three United States (U.S.) turkey meat export destination for the January-October, 2013 time frame behind 1st ranked Mexico and 2nd ranked China. Turkey meat exports to Canada for 2013 have been running 25% below last year, whereas total U.S. turkey meat exports to the world are 4% below last year for January-October comparable time frames. The top 3 U.S. turkey meat export categories over the last 10 years are fresh/chilled cuts, prepared meals and other turkey. U.S.’s primary turkey product imports from Canada are frozen cuts.

Canada is the number 1 destination of U.S. live turkey chick exports. U.S. October 2013 turkey chick exports to Canada are 9% lower compared to September 2013. U.S. Canada is also the U.S.’s number 1 source of live turkey chick imports. U.S. October 2013 turkey chick imports from Canada are 24% lower than September 2013. U.S. October 2013 net turkey chick placements were 8% above the previous month.

January-October, 2013 total U.S. turkey chick exports to Canada are up 11% while total turkey chick imports for January-October 2013 are down 16% from comparable time frames in 2012. U.S. October 2013 net turkey placements were down 8% from October 2012.

Sources: Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics/USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service: USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service Official USDA PSD Online Estimates; USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service





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