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Broiler Meat Production Down

22 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. Total broiler meat production has been boosted by heavier average weights through 6 of the first 8 months of 2012, and the year-to-date average weight has been 5.82 pounds, slightly higher (0.6 percent) than during the same period in 2011.

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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