Average liveweight of broilers up in the U.S.

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, January 21, 2008

Although the average liveweight of broilers in the U.S. increased by 2%, the amount of birds slaughtered rose by only 1%.

In contrast the amount of chicks placed for growout in the fourth quarter of 2007 increased about 4% over the prior year, according to the Department of Agriculture’s Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook.

This increase in birds going to slaughter and broiler meat production is expected to continue into first-half 2008, as eggs placed in incubators and chicks placed for growout have continued to be well ahead of their year-earlier levels through the end of December.

In November 2007, broiler meat production was 2.99 billion pounds, a 3.3% increase over the same period a year ago.