World broiler production this year in major countries is estimated to be 78,283,000 metric tons, 3.0 percent higher than the 75,991,000 tons in 2010, according to the Livestock and Poultry: World Markets and Trade report issued by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) last week. Broiler production for the United States is estimated for 2011 at 16,792,000 tons, making the United States the global leader in broiler production with 21.4 percent of the world total.

Broiler Meat Production in Selected Countries, 2007 to Estimated 2011
 Country 2007  2008  2009  2010  2011 
 1,000 metric tons (ready-to-cook equivalent)
 China 11,291  11,840  12,100  12,550  13,200 
 Brazil 10,305  11,033  11,023  12,312  12,925 
 European Union (27 Countries) 8,320  8,594  8,756  9,095  9,185 
 Mexico 2,683  2,853  2,781  2,809  2,850 
 India 2,240  2,490  2,550  2,650  2,700 
 Russia 1,410  1,680  2,060  2,310  2,520 
 Argentina 1,320  1,430  1,500  1,600  1,750 
 Iran 1,423  1,450  1,525  1,600  1,650 
 Thailand 1,050  1,170  1,200  1,280  1,380 
 South Africa 1,159  1,240  1,250  1,290  1,300 
 Other Countries 11,098  11,377  11,613  11,932  12,031 
  Total Foreign 52,299  55,157  56,358  59,428  61,491 
 United States 16,226  16,561  15,935  16,563  16,792 
  Total 68,525  71,718  72,293  75,991  78,283 

China with an estimated 13,200,000 tons is second largest broiler producer followed by Brazil with 12,925,000 tons.  All major and combined “other countries” are expected to increase production in 2011.  FAS reported that strong demand in China for meat has stimulated broiler production, enabling producers to raise prices which has helped offset higher feed costs.  Brazilian broiler production is being spurred by growing disposable income, high beef prices, and strong exports, the report noted.

 

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