Septemer 23, 2008


US broiler meat output to increase 1.9 percent in Q3

US broiler meat production for third quarter 2008 is expected to increase 50 million pounds to 9.3 billion pounds, up 1.9 percent on-year, according to USDA's latest Livestock, Dairy & Poultry Outlook.


The production increase forecast is attributed mostly to higher average bird weights and higher number of broilers slaughtered in July. The number of broilers slaughtered in the heaviest weight category of over 7.75 pounds live weight in third quarter was 116-percent higher on-year.


Forecast for the third and fourth quarters of 2009 also increased slightly due to a better outlook for feed prices next year.


Market-size birds available for slaughter is expected to decline in mid-September due to reduced number of chicks placed for grow out.


About 170 million broiler chicks were placed for grow-out in the week ending September 6, down 3.4 percent on-year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. This downward trend is projected to continue through the end of the third quarter and into the fourth.

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