USDA’s broiler production forecast for 2013 was increased to 36.406 billion pounds, 351 million pounds above the department’s estimate last month, but is 0.4 percent less than the unrevised estimate of 36.544 billion pounds for 2012, according to the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report released today from the World Agricultural Outlook Board.

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Chicken exports for November 2012 were 316,945 metric tons valued at $407.73 million compared with 307,104 tons valued at $382.98 million in November 2011, 3.2 percent more in quantity and 6.5 percent higher in value.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Office (USTR) this week initiated World Trade Organization dispute proceedings against Indonesia by targeting Indonesia’s licensing restrictions on imports of certain animal products and horticulture.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending January 12 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 154,150,000 broilers, no change from the same week a year earlier.

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