History & Facts:
Prices dropped slightly for both broilers and eggs in 1997, and the overall value slipped 2.6 percent to $353 million from the record $363 million in 1996.
Egg prices dropped four cents a dozen, but the overall value of $123.7 million was still the third highest in Florida history.
Broilers sold for 38.5 cents a pound in 1997, down three percent from the year before, but the value of $229.3 million nearly matched the record $230.6 million in 1996.
The value of sales from Other Chickens (mostly spent laying hens) amounted to $44 million in 1997, down from $88 million in 1996.
Commercial hatcheries produced 127.8 million straight run chicks in 1997, down slightly from 124.3 million in 1996. Broiler-type chicks accounted for 89 percent of the chicks hatched.
Suwannee is the leading broiler producing county, sending more than 25 million birds to market annually with a 1997 value of nearly $30 million.