Egg settings and chicks placed over the past five weeks point toward little or no gains in the number of broilers available for slaughter in the “near future” and the likelihood that any gains in broiler meat production will come from increases in average bird weights, according to the “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook” report from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) this week.

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The National Chicken Council today held an educational briefing on the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and corn ethanol on the US chicken industry for members of the Congressional Chicken Caucus and their staffs.

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Mexican government officials said this week Mexico will exempt 300,000 metric tons of chicken from import tariffs in an effort to slow the steep price increases for food and, in turn, better manage the spike in overall inflation.

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Mexico’s broiler production is forecast to reach a record 2,975,000 metric tons this year despite outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI H7N3) in the states of Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, and Jalisco, according to the “International Egg and Poultry Review” from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Programs.

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The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works this week voted 10-8, along party lines, in favor of confirming President Obama’s appointment of Gina McCarthy as the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) released data current through May 16, 2013 from its “voluntary pilot program for GRAS (Substances Generally Recognized as Safe) notifications for substances added to animal feed.” 

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending May 18 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 157,845,000 broilers, no change from the same week a year earlier.

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