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USDA International Egg and Poultry


24 January 2012

International Egg & Poultry: South American  Broiler & Turkey MeatInternational Egg & Poultry: South American Broiler & Turkey Meat

Total South America broiler meat production is estimated to have increased 81% from 2001 to 2011.
USDA International Egg and Poultry

Because estimated broiler meat production for Brazil has increased 97 per cent for the same time frame Brazil’s share of total broiler meat production has increased from 70 per cent in 2001 to 77 per cent in 2011. Even though Argentina’s broiler meat production, the next largest South American broiler meat producer, is estimated to be 10 per cent of South America’s production in 2011, their production has increased 95 per cent from 2001-2011.

Overall 2011 estimated South American broiler meat consumption has increased 67 per cent since 2001 while Brazil’s consumption has increased 81 per cent and Argentina’s 71 per cent. South America’s estimated 2011 broiler meat imports have risen by 611 per cent since 2001. Brazil’s 2001-2011 broiler meat imports have been minimal while Argentine’s declined 58 per cent.

United States (US) January-November cumulative total broiler meat exports to South America for 2011 are up 55 per cent since 2001 for the same time frame.

South America’s 2011 estimated broiler meat exports have increased 187 per cent since 2001. Brazil’s share of South American broiler meat exports decreased from 97 per cent in 2001 to 91 per cent in 2011 while Argentine’s increased from 1 per cent to 6 per cent.

Turkey Meat

It is estimated the vast majority of South America’s turkey meat production is produced and consumed in Brazil with Brazil exporting almost all of the turkey meat. Even though Brazil’s estimated turkey production exceeds turkey consumption resulting in no need for imports, Brazil’s turkey meat consumption has increased faster than production resulting in reduced exports.

Meanwhile, other countries in South America are increasing their turkey meat consumption, although not as fast as broiler meat. U.S. January-November, 2011 cumulative turkey meat exports for South America are up 4 per cent since 2001 for the same comparable time frame.

Sources: USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service, Official USDA
Estimates: USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service Data

South America Broiler Meat
2001-2011 Comparisons
(1,000,000 Metric Tons)



South America Turkey Meat
2001-2011 Comparisons
(1,000 Metric Tons)



US South American Poultry Exports
January-November Broiler Meat, Turkey Meat & Egg and Egg Product Comparisons
(1,000 Metric Tons)



South America Poultry Meat** Comparisons
2010-2021 Projections (1,000 Metric Tons)

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