USDA Economic Research Service lowered its production estimates for U.S. broiler meat production in 2009 in a report released April 16. The revised forecast expects 35.5 billion pounds to be produced in 2009, down 4% from last year. This estimate was reduced a total of 300 million pounds from the prior forecast.

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Chicken meat in cold storage at the end of the first quarter of 2009 stands at 620 million pounds, down 125 million pounds from the prior quarter and 17% less than at the end of the first quarter last year.