In the past 30 years, the rise of contract farming and vertical farms has led to a certain degree of integration of the chicken plate, but the integration has not been far-reaching in other industries.
According to statistics from a recent US Department of Agriculture report, the number of midpoint broiler farms in the United States (measured by the US Department of Agriculture, the same below) has increased from 300,000 in 1987 to 480,000 in 1997. Then it increased to 680,000 in 2012, an increase of 127% over the past 25 years.
Between 1987 and 2012, the average stock of turkeys increased from 120,000 to 160,000.
Farming and dairy industry integration is even more significant
The authors of the report, James McDonald, Robert Hoppe, and Doris Newton, said that although the chicken plate has a certain degree of integration, the integration is even more pronounced in the farming and dairy industries. This is because the chicken industry has experienced tremendous changes in organization and technology as early as 1987.