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World Broiler Production Up, Despite Challenges

20 April 2012

GLOBAL - Despite challenges faced by broiler producers, growth in India and Argentina will outweigh downward production trends in Brazil, the US and China.

According to the USDA Livestock & Poultry: World Markets & Trade, India is revised higher 450,000 tons to a record 3.2 million tons. Greater vertical integration and robust demand fueled by an expanding middle-class and changing tastes and preferences support increasing production.

Argentina is revised upward 75,000 tons to a record 1.9 million tons on stronger domestic and foreign demand, despite termination of government feed subsidies.

Brazil is revised downward 352,000 tons to 13.3 million tons as a result of higher feed costs and falling demand due to an overvalued currency and sanitary restrictions by trading partners.

The United States is revised lower by 202,000 tons to 16.4 million tons as relatively higher feed costs will dampen expansion despite rising broiler meat prices.

China is revised downward to 13.7 million tons. Greater pork supplies and competitive prices are generating cutbacks in poultry production due to concerns of oversupply and weakening prices.

EU is virtually unchanged at 9.6 million tons as higher feed costs and regional economic uncertainty continue to discourage expansion.

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