USDA: Poultry production forecast
17 February, 2012
Broiler meat production in 2011 was 37.2 billion pounds, up 0.7 percent from the previous year. The outlook for 2012 is for decreases in production during the first three quarters, with rising production in the fourth quarter. Turkey meat production in 2012 is forecast at 5.86 billion pounds, up 1.1 percent from 2011. Turkey meat production is expected to decline slightly in first-quarter 2012, but then increase in the remaining three quarters. Table egg production is expected to increase slightly (0.5 percent) in 2012, reaching 6.64 billion dozen, up from 6.1 billion dozen in 2011.