The number of poultry slaughtered in Brazil during the second quarter of 2011 broke records for the second time, reports the IBGE, the country’s geography and statistics institute.

At 1.31 billion head, the figure was 6% higher than that recorded in the second quarter of 2010 and 0.2% higher than the first quarter of 2011. Over the first six months, the total number of poultry slaughtered rose by 5.8% in comparison with the same period the year before.

Total carcass weight during the second quarter reached 1.852 million tons, 6.8% higher than in the second quarter of 2010 and 2.7% higher than in the first quarter of 2011. According to IBGE, 421 respondents took part in the second quarter poultry slaughter survey, four fewer than in the previous period. Brazil’s three southern states continue to be ranked among the main players for poultry slaughter, accounting for 58.6% of the total volume slaughtered. The southeast was ranked second, accounting for 23%.

The number of poultry slaughtered in the south remained practically unchanged across the first two quarters. However, while numbers were lower in the state of Parana, they were higher in Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

Of the 74 million additional head of poultry slaughtered during the second quarter, when compared to the second quarter of 2010, almost half were slaughtered in the states of Sao Paulo and Santa Catarina.

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The slaughter of pigs in Brazil during the second quarter of 2011 reached the highest level since IBGE started collecting data in 1997. The second quarter saw the number of pigs slaughtered reach 8.6 million, an increase of 5.3% when compared with the first quarter of the year. Compared with the corresponding quarter in 2010, the increase was 6.7%. For the first six months, the number of animals slaughtered rose by 5.8% when compared to the first half of 2010.

Total carcass weight reached 824,200 tons, 3.7% higher than the previous quarter and 7.3% higher than in the corresponding 2010 period.

This most recent swine slaughter survey comprised 878 respondents during the second quarter. The southern region of the country accounted for 65.8% of the total number of pigs slaughtered nationwide, with Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul accounting for 26.2% and 21.4%, respectively, and Parana for 18.2%.