Stocks at the end of the month were 3.7 per cent greater than the year before
Canadians ate more chicken than ever – 205 million kilograms in the first two months of this year compared with 197.7 the year before.
Domestic production is up by 3.5 per cent, imports are down by 8.9 per cent and exports down by 14 per cent, so stocks at the end of the month were 3.7 per cent greater than the year before.
Ontario farmers had permission to increase production by more than the national average, but actually increased it by less – 2.2 per cent. In fact, January production was slightly less than the year before.
Wholesale prices have also been trending lower – a composite price of $3.54.4 per kilogram in February compared with 3.68.9 s year earlier.
The chicken component of the Canadian price index increased by .6 per cent compared with an increase of 1.8 per cent for beef and a decline of 4.2 per cent for pork.