The Michigan Allied Poultry Industry (MAPI)
The Michigan Allied Poultry Industry (MAPI) was formed in 1940 to advance the interests of the poultry industry within the state of Michigan. MAPI is involved in programs that promote and educate the public about the poultry industry, and conducts events that educate the poultry industry.
MAPI supports research that seeks to eradicate or control poultry diseases, research that explores new procedures in the production of poultry and its products, and any affiliated research beneficial to the Michigan poultry industry.
MAPI holds seminars, meetings and educational events that educate local, state and national legislators about the opportunities and challenges that the poultry industry in Michigan faces.
Michigan chickens, or broilers, are a lean and healthy source of protein grown by farmers throughout the state. Today, Michigan farmers raise approximately 5.6 million broilers. Poultry consumption recently surpassed beef for the first time in history. The average individual consumes 85.3 pounds of chicken annually. Consumption of organic broilers doubles each year.
Michigan chicken facts:
Most of Michigan’s chicken farms produce broilers for processing at Miller Poultry.
Miller Poultry grows antibiotic-free product with no animal by-products (only vegetable feed).
Miller Poultry branded products are in stores throughout the state. Visit the website for retailer locations at www.millerpoultry.com.
Michigan turkeys are raised by farmers throughout the state whose livelihood is centered around creating a safe and quality source of protein for consumers and businesses in the foodservice market. Most of these turkeys are processed in Grand Rapids at a farmer-owned cooperative.
Michigan turkey facts:
Michigan ranks 15th in the nation in turkey production. Michigan turkey producers employ 650 people.
By far Michigan’s leading county in turkey production is Ottawa County, with approximately 70%, followed by Allegan and Muskegon counties. There are also turkey farms in Kent, Oceana, Montcalm and Barry counties. There are 17 Michigan family turkey producers with 47 farms in production.
Over 5 million Michigan grown turkeys are processed by Michigan Turkey Producers (MTP), a farmer-owned cooperative in the Grand Rapids area.
MTP produces very few whole birds for the retail market. Instead, MTP is a significant supplier to the foodservice industry, which supplies many local restaurants and has a presence in the retail deli case. The entire list of locations and restaurants are located on the website at www.miturkey.com.
Michigan’s family-owned egg farmers raise enough eggs each year to supply each Michigander with 23 dozen. Michigan eggs can be found at local diners, large restaurant chains, grocery stores and foodservice entities. These eggs are produced by laying hens in seven farms across the state who are cared for at all times to provide the most nutritious product for you.
Michigan egg facts:
Michigan ranks 7th in the nation in the production of eggs
There are eight family-owned farms producing eggs in the state of Michigan
Michigan’s egg farmers serve your local grocer, large restaurants, the local diner and the food service industry (liquid eggs).
There are 14.8 million laying hens in Michigan today. This has grown significantly in the past five years.
The average person consumes 260 eggs per year.
The industry directly employs about 1,000 people and creates additional employment for another 1,500 people in related industries like transportation, processing, and retail sales.
To learn more about eggs and for recipes, visit www.incredibleegg.org