The USDA has lowered its forecast for U.S. broiler production in 2014, citing slower-than anticipated growth in the amounts of eggs set and chicks placed. The USDA, in its April 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, projected 38.5 billion pounds of broilers will be produced in the U.S. in 2014, down from its March estimate of 38.7 billion pounds.
The forecast for broiler production in the U.S. in 2014 remains higher than the broiler production numbers of 2013, when 37.8 billion pounds were produced.
The USDA also lowered its forecast for U.S. turkey production in 2014. The April 9 WASDE report called for U.S. turkey production in 2014 to be at 5.68 billion pounds, down from the 5.7 billion pound projection made in March. U.S. turkey production in 2013 amounted to 5.8 billion pounds.