Thanksgiving: 248 million turkeys and other fun facts
The number of turkeys expected to be raised in the United States in 2011. That’s up 2 percent from the number raised during 2010. The turkeys produced in 2010 together weighed 7.11 billion pounds and were valued at $4.37 billion.
The source for this and the following food facts is the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The preliminary estimate of turkeys Minnesota is expected to raise in 2011. The Gopher State was tops in turkey production, followed by:
North Carolina 30 million
Arkansas 30 million
Missouri 18 million
Virginia 17.5 million
Indiana 16 million
These six states together account for about two-thirds of U.S. turkeys produced in 2011.
The quantity of turkey consumed by the typical American in 2009, with no doubt a hearty helping devoured at Thanksgiving time. Per capita sweet potato consumption was 5.3 pounds.
Retail cost per pound of a frozen whole turkey in December 2010.