BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Poultry producers don’t seem to be flocking to Illinois these days, but there are pockets of the industry throughout the state.
Because there are fewer processing opportunities in Illinois, poultry is not as big of an industry here as it is in some other states, said Tasha Bunting, the Illinois Farm Bureau’s assistant director of commodities and livestock programs.
“There are some pockets in southeastern Illinois” because of the proximity to operations in Indiana for turkey and broilers, she said.
Grouped mostly in southern Illinois, some egg producers have large operations, and some have recently expanded with cage-free buildings.
There are also smaller operations that produce organic or cage-free eggs sold in a variety of specialty markets, said Ken Koelkebeck professor and poultry Extension specialist for the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois in Urbana.