Compiled by David B. Strickland, Editor 770-718-3442 dstrickland@poultrytimes.com

National Turkey Market:

(Dec. 23): The market on frozen 8-16 lb. hens and 16-24 lb. toms was steady to weak. Demand was light to moderate, best for deferred shipments. Frozen processor offerings of Grade A 8-16 lb. hens and 16-24 lb. toms was very light to moderate with product most available for 2020 ship dates. Frozen Grade A basted equivalent processor offering prices on a national basis for 8-16 lb. hens were 91 cents to $1.02 f.o.b. and 16-24 lb. toms were also 91 cents to $1.02 f.o.b. for current deliveries. The market on tom breast meat was steady to weak, tenderloins were steady to barely steady, and white meat trims mostly steady. Demand was light. Offerings of tom breast meat was moderate for moderately heavy, tenderloins and white trims were light to moderate. The market on Grade A and plant grade 4-8 lb. breasts was steady to weak. The market on institutional sized bonein breasts was generally steady. Demand was light. Offerings were mixed, mostly moderate. The market on bulk tom parts was generally steady. Demand was light. Offerings were light to moderate. The thigh meat market was steady to barely steady. Demand was light. Offerings were light to moderate. The fresh, mechanically separated turkey meat market was steady to weak, frozen was steady. Demand was light. Offerings were light to moderate. Trading was slow. Most processors were working shortened holiday processing schedules.

Exports: The market was generally steady with mixed undertones. Demand and offerings were light to moderate, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service reports.

National Broiler/Fryer Slaughter:

Broiler: Estimated slaughter for week ending Dec. 21 is 170,443,000. Actual slaughter for the week ending Dec. 14 was 167,084,000.

Heavy-type hen: Estimated slaughter for the week ending Dec. 21 is 1,642,000. Actual slaughter for the week ending Dec. 14 was 1,615,000.

Light-type hen: Estimated slaughter for the week ending Dec. 21 is 731,000. Actual slaughter for the week ending Dec. 14 was 801,000.

Total: Dec. 21: 172,816,000; Dec. 14: 169,500,000.

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