Russia is expected to import 510,000 metric tons of broilers in 2012, 156,000 tons above the previous estimate and slightly above the 500,000 tons in 2011, but 19.4 percent below the 633,000 tons in 2010, according to a USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) GAIN report last month from Moscow.

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USDA’s broiler production estimate for first-quarter 2012 was increased by 150 million pounds to 8.85 billion pounds but, nonetheless, still represents a decrease of 5 percent from a year earlier, according to the “Livestock Dairy, and Poultry Outlook” report issued yesterday by the the Economic Research Service (ERS).

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Broiler production in Brazil this year is now estimated to be 13,250,000 metric tons, 3.0 percent above the 12,863,000 tons in 2011, according to a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) poultry GAIN report last month from Brazil.

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Brazilian chicken companies have jointly requested that the Brazilian government initiate a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute-settlement case against the South African government’s decision to apply anti-dumping duties on Brazilian chicken, according to this week’s “International Egg and Poultry Review” from AMS Poultry Programs.

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Lampkin Butts, National Chicken Council Chairman of the Board, has announced the names of those industry representatives who will serve on NCC’s 2012 Growout and Human Resource Committees.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending March 17 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 152,722,000 broilers, a 3-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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