Production of young meat chicken (broilers) under federal inspection last year totaled 49.55 billion pounds, liveweight, 0.5 percent more than the 49.31 billion pounds, liveweight, in 2010, according to USDA’s “Poultry Slaughter 2011 Summary” issued today by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. 

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“Producer profitability” is now largely driving the new “paradigm shift” in livestock and poultry supplies, Donnie Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tyson Foods, told participants at USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum today.  Expanding export sales are also a driver, he added. 

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Chicken continues to dominate the center-of-the plate, although American families like variety in their evening meals with many mixing their choice of dinner proteins throughout the typical week, according to the “2012 Power of Meat” report issued this week at the Meat Conference.

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Chicken sold at retail grocery stores last year increased 1.0 percent in dollar sales while declining 1.9 percent in pounds sold, according to FreshLook Data funded by The Beef Checkoff.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said this week Russia is interested in expanded cooperation with the United States on a broad range of issues, including more bilateral trade in agriculture, according to the Russian presidential press service.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending February 25 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 150,250,000 broilers, a 5-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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