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The Scope of the Poultry Industry in Oklahoma by the Tulsa World, Dec. 7, 2018



A look at poultry operations in Oklahoma by Curtis Killman, Tulsa World, Dec. 7, 2018


A very informative look at the scope of the poultry industry in Oklahoma, especially in the Illinois River watershed counties of Adair, Cherokee and Delaware Counties.
Take aways of this article:
As of August 2018, there were 2433 permitted poultry houses in Oklahoma capable of housing over 59 million birds according to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry.

One-half of the registered bird capacity is in Adair and Delaware Counties

Three companies dominate the poultry integrator market in Oklahoma: Simmons Foods, Tyson Foods and OK Foods


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Poultry operations in northeastern Oklahoma in the Lake Tenkiller and Eucha/Spavinaw watersheds total have a capacity of 15.2 million birds at any one time (nearly eight-million birds in the Lake Tenkiller watershed)


Graph of poultry houses in nutrient-sensitive watersheds