2018-06-13 / Front Page

The talk on poultry

Purdue Extension Corner
by Keyaira Miller, Purdue Extension Intern

Poultry has been around for millions of years and has become important in our everyday life. There are approximately 19 billion chickens currently on the planet. The United States is the world’s largest producer in the poultry industry.

The term poultry refers to domestic fowl, such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese. Poultry provides us food and fiber. We can eat meat from the poultry and also the eggs they lay. We typically eat the meat and eggs for the protein they provide. Poultry provides us with fiber through their feathers. These feathers can be made into paper and even plastic.

Out of the four types of poultry, chickens are the most commonly eaten in the world. Americans consume more chicken than any other country. Chickens that are raised for meat are called broilers. In 2017, around 9 billion broiler chickens were produced.

Chickens produce both white and dark meat. Dark meat is made dark by two proteins involved in the converting of fat into energy for the muscles. Dark meat is found in the thighs and drumsticks. White meat is found in the breast tenderloin and breast.

Indiana ranks third in the nation in egg production and currently has 26.6 million layers. Indiana ranks first in duck production, producing 73 percent of United States ducks. Not only is this industry helping feed the world, it also had a tremendous impact on economy. The poultry industry has a contribution over $4.25 billion annually to Indiana’s economy.

If you would like to learn about raising poultry, consider signing up and attending the Poultry Workshop scheduled for June 25. This workshop is free and will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Putnam County Fairgrounds in Harris Hall. Dr. Darrin Karcher, the Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences at Purdue University will be discussing best management practices and current poultry topics.

Although this workshop is free, we do encourage interested parties to register for the workshop in advance. You can register by calling 765-653-8411, emailing smith535@purdue.edu or going online to https://bit.ly/2rXAzEi. Visit our homepage at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam or you can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 765-653-8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs.

While many publications are free, some do have a fee. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Upcoming events

June 14 – Electricity 4-H Workshop, 9 a.m. – Noon, Harris Hall Fairgrounds

June 14 – Woodworking 4-H Workshop, 6-8 p.m., Steve Lien Shop

June 18 – Poster Making 4-H Workshop, 6-8 p.m., Harris Hall Fairgrounds

June 20 – YQCA Cert Program, Fairgrounds, 10 a.m., RSVP online

June 20 – YQCA Cert Program, Fairgrounds, 1 p.m., RSVP online

June 25 – Poultry Workshop, Harris Hall, 6:30 p.m., RSVP 653-8411

June 26 – Mini Day Camp, Fairgrounds, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., $10, Register 653-8411

June 27 – Fashion Revue/Modeling 4-H Workshop, 6-7 p.m., York Automotive Building Fairgrounds

June 27 – Fine Arts 4-H Workshop, 9-10 a.m., Extension Office

June 27 – Public Speaking/Demonstration 4-H Workshop, 10-11 a.m., Extension Office

July 6 – Mini Day Camp, Fairgrounds, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., $10, Register 653-8411

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