Broiler Meat Production Down22 October 2012
US - US broiler meat production in August totaled 3.3 billion pounds, down 0.4 per cent from August 2011, according to the latest USDA Livestock, Poultry and Dairy Outlook.
The decline was attributed to a fall in the number of birds slaughtered. The August 2012 slaughter, at 760 million, was down 0.9 percent from August 2011. However, the average liveweight at slaughter rose to 5.81 pounds, up 0.5 percent, which resulted in total liveweight at slaughter in August at 4.4 billion pounds, a decline of 0.4 percent from the previous year.
Broiler meat production in July and August was slightly lower than expected and the production forecast for third-quarter 2012 was decreased by 25 million pounds to 9.28 billion pounds, a decline of 2.8 percent from third-quarter 2011.
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