UK broiler chick placings were 3.1 percent higher than October 2011, at 90 million birds, and UK turkey placings were 6 percent higher, at 1.3 million birds, according to the latest report from the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs

UK broiler slaughterings were 2.5 percent higher than October 2011, at 86 million birds, while turkey slaughterings were 8.4 percent higher at 2.4 million birds. Broiler eggs set were also up over October 2011 numbers, at 106 million eggs compared to 102 million eggs. Turkey eggs remained steady at 1.8 million set, according to the report.

Overall poultry meat production was 163 thousand metric tons, the same as October 2011, according to the report.