U.S. broiler and turkey shipments rose in July from 2010 numbers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report.

Broiler shipments totaled 668 million pounds, an increase of 28.6% from July 2010 shipments. Countries that made major contributions to this increase include Russia, Hong Kong, Angola, Cuba and Georgia. Together, these five markets represented 33% of the total broiler exports for July 2011, compared with 18% in 2010.

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Turkey shipments totaled 53 million pounds, a 1% increase from 2010. Most of the increase in turkey shipments went to Mexico, which imported 4 million pounds, or 15% more turkey meat than it did in July 2010, and accounted for 58% (30.4 million pounds) of the U.S. total turkey shipments. Percentage-wise, Canada and Hong Kong saw the largest increases in turkey shipments in July 2011. Almost 3 million pounds of turkey meat was exported to Hong Kong, the third-largest market for U.S. turkey, 60% more than in 2010.

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