Heavy birds reshape industry’s cost and price dynamics
Average broiler weights at slaughter have increased 45 percent in the past 30 years, wholesale chicken prices declined 57 percent during the same time period.
One of the most consistent and predictable patterns in U.S. agriculture is the steadily increasing size of the typical broiler bird.
This is due to growing demand for cut-up parts and deboned meat products that tend to appeal more to consumers when harvested from heavier-sized birds. Processing technology has advanced…