Last year (December 2010 through November 2011) 8,607,600,000 broilers were produced in the United States with a liveweight of 49,702,300,000 pounds, 0.2 percent fewer broilers than the 8,623,600,000 broilers grown during the comparable 12 months earlier, but 1.1 percent more weight than the 49,152,600,000 pounds, liveweight, during the previous 12 months, according to “Poultry-Production and Value 2011 Summary” report this week from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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Mexican broiler production continues to increase and is being driven on the supply side by the industry being rationalized by vertical-integration and driven, on the demand side, by stronger consumer demand, according to this week’s “International Egg and Poultry Review” from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending April 28 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 152,271,000 broilers, a 2-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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