Assessing the situation and outlook at mid-year, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) determined that the broiler industry “seems reluctant” to shift into an “expansion mode,” according to department analysts reporting in this month’s edition of “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook.”

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During January-March this year, U.S. chicken leg quarter exports totaled 439,087 metric tons, 3 percent higher than the same time a year ago when comparable exports were 424,514 tons according to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) edition of its “International Egg and Poultry Review” released last week.

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Russia is not meeting its obligations as a new member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), especially with respect to sanitary and phytosanitary measures, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) said in the agency’s report last week to Congress.

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The National Chicken Council and the Congressional Chicken Caucus (CCC) hosted a food safety briefing on Capitol Hill for congressional staff on Thursday.

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for May 2013 were 7,489,000, no-change from the 7,472,000 pullet chicks placed in May 2012, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued last week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending June 29 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 161,802,000 broilers, a 1-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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