Broiler production during January-June this year totaled 25.016 billion pounds, liveweight, 4.4 percent more than the 23.961 billion pounds during first half of 2010, according to the “Poultry Slaughter” report issued this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said this week that the 2012 tariff rate quota (TRQ) for poultry will be 330,000 metric tons and for pork will be set at 350,000 tons.

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Update, July 29.  5:29 p.m. EDT.   Please note that the two-week delay through Saturday, August 13, pertains only to the donning and doffing rule involving FSIS inspectors’ walking time during the lunch break.

The National Chicken Council, the American Meat Institute, and the National Meat Association, sent  two joint letters to Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Administrator Al Almanza thanking FSIS for temporarily delaying for two weeks until August 14 the implementation of the new donning, doffing, and walk time regulations for federal meat and poultry inspectors.

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“Large increases in the prices of feed grains and little or no growth in the domestic economy” is driving change in the outlook for broiler production, according to this month’s “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook” report from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

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Omtron Ltd, the new owner of Townsends North Carolina operations, is reported to be ceasing operations in Siler City and Mocksville, which include chicken processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills, as of October 1.  Meanwhile, Pilgrim’s Pride announced plans today to close its chicken-processing plant in Dallas, Texas within 60 days.

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An affiliate of a South Korean meat producer was the winning  bidder in a bankruptcy auction for the assets of Allen Family Foods held on Monday.  HarimUSA Inc., a unit of publicly traded Harim Holdings Company outbid Millsboro, Delaware-based Mountaire Farms.

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Poultry industry groups responded sharply this week to criticisms of the industry’s environmental performance, especially in the Chesapeake Bay region, by the environmental advocacy arm of the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for June 2011 were 7,066,000, a 1-percent decrease from the 7,128,000 pullet chicks placed in June 2010, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued last week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending July 30 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 159,077,000 broilers, a 4-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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