Chile's Poultry Meat Production Down Three Per Cent

25 November 2014, at 8:04am

CHILE – Meat imports rose last month as meat production tightened in Chile, says a ministry report.

Poultry and pork production slipped as cattle increased slightly, although not enough to hurt beef values.

Chicken and turkey meat output dropped 3.7 and 3.2 per cent, respectively, according to Chile’s agriculture minister (ODEPA).

Pork fell 6.9 per cent, with supplies hit by a 21 per cent drop in imports due to contraction in Canada and the US.

Production is being hampered by 10.1 per cent higher livestock costs and a 7.5 per cent lift in labour costs.

Beef production fell as beef values rose 11 per cent, pushing exports 4.2 per cent lower. Imports lifted slightly.

Overall, meat shipments were lower, although a major drop off in China buying was countered by a lift in trade with Hong Kong.