What's New ? - 2021

What's New ? - 2021

European chicken production

USDA 6 March, 2021

EU-27+UK chicken meat production in 2021 is forecast to increase by 1.4 percent from 2020. This increase follows a 1.5% decline in 2020, a direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with total or partial lockdowns in most EU-27+UK countries including hotels, restaurants, and institution closures. 
HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) outbreaks in late 2020 and early 2021 are not anticipated to negatively directly impact the EU chicken meat production in 2021 with the exception of Germany where HPAI mitigation includes extended strict sanitary measures in affected districts. However, the closure of some export markets such as South Africa for HPAI Member States may lead chicken meat producers to reduce the installment of new chicks grown for exports. In most EU-27+UK countries, such as Spain, Germany and France, governments reinforced surveillance and biosecurity measures onpoultry farms including temporarily prohibiting free-range farms.