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Poultry Consumption

March 2019

Poultry consume about half of the soybean meal followed by swine, beef, dairy, companion animals, aquaculture and miscellaneous uses.  The poultry market for soybean meal is critical to the health and well-being of the U.S. soybean farmer. WattAgNet recently published FAO statistics on the top ten countries consuming chicken (meat).  World per capita chicken consumption is interesting and expected to grow, especially in developing countries. This is especially good news for soybean farmers supplying the soybean needed to produce the dominant protein ingredient for poultry feeds.

Table 5. Top Ten Chicken Meal Consumers

Kg/captia
Lbs/captia
1. Israel
58.2
128.0
United States
49.3
108.5
Malaysia
48.3
106.3
Australia
46.1
101.4
Saudi Arabia
42.3
93.1
Argentina
41.6
91.5
Brazil
40.7
89.5
Chile
40.1
88.2
South Africa
38.7
85.1
New Zealand
38.0
83.6

Reference: Clements, Mark.   2019. Where is per capita poultry meat consumption highest?  WattAgNet.com. February 6, 2019.