Wholesale broiler prices are expected to be “relatively stable” during the end of 2012 and into 2013, despite higher year-over-year production during fourth quarter this year and higher cold storage stocks for the end of 2012, according to the “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook” report this week from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

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Chicken parts exports in October this year were 317,212 metric tons valued at $394.91 million compared with a year earlier when exports were 329,280 tons valued at $393.97 million, a 3.7-percent decrease in tonnage and a 0.2-percent rise in dollars.

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Contract negotiations have broken off this week between shipping companies and dockworkers less than two weeks before the current contract expires December 29, leading to concerns that a strike will be difficut to avert.

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In a December 20 letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-KS), House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (R-MN), the National Chicken Council, and other groups requested again that USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres be reduced from the current level of 32 million acres to 25 million acres.

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Although overall progress has been achieved during the first year of the  U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Plan, advancement on the poultry and meat export certification effort has not been as rapid as anticipated, according to the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council’s first progress report.

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) will meet January 16-17 according to a December 19 Federal Register notice.

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for November 2012 were 6,767,000, a 2-percent decrease from the 6,890,000 pullet chicks placed in November 2011, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued today by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending December 22 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 156,293,000 broilers, a 14-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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