With the ability to convert less than two pounds of feed into one pound of meat, the broiler chicken is one of the most efficient producers of meat protein. To maximize this efficiency, feeds are specially mixed to strict nutritional and manufacturing specifications.
Minnesota broiler producers raised almost 44 million birds, ranking tenth nationally. The broiler industry employs over 1,600 people in Minnesota and brings in $86 million annually.
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health Poultry Division oversees Minnesota’s participation in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), regulates poultry imports and exports, and issues permits for breeder flocks.