Production for most animal proteins is expected to increase in 2020 compared to the production levels of 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest “Livestock, Dairy & Poultry Outlook” noted. USDA said the production increase is being driven partly by producer responses to forecasts of continued positive U.S. economic conditions, including improved producer returns.
According to the latest outlook, beef production is expected to increase next year by almost 1%, while an anticipated U.S. pork production increase of about 3.5% in 2020 is a response to higher international pork prices due to pork deficits in China resulting from African swine fever.
On the poultry side, broiler production is expected to increase by 1.3% next year and other chicken by 1.4%. Turkey production is also expected to increase by 1.0% year over year for the first time in three years. The U.S. egg industry is projected to grow by about 0.8% in 2020.
Milk production also is expected to grow by 1.6%.
Lamb and mutton production, on the other hand, is expected to decline by 0.5% next year.