Louisiana’s poultry industry, which is Louisiana’s largest animal industry, experienced a bad year in 2009 primarily because of the steep increase in the cost of grain or corn products used to feed the birds. Also, a broiler processing plant in Farmerville was open only part of 2009, whereas it was open all 12 months of 2010.
In 2010, the poultry industry recovered as demand for meat products, particularly poultry, worldwide went up, especially as incomes rose in Asian countries, Westra said. Poultry contributed about $1.6 billion to the state’s economy – up 80% from 2009.
Contributions from the state’s cattle industry – $411 million – were up slightly from the year before.