Contrasting trends for poultry and pig meat production in the United States have been projected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, although expansion in 2011 is forecast for both sectors.

On the USDA’s figures, U.S. broiler production has increased by 3.4% in 2010, but in 2011 its growth rate may slow to 1.3%. Pork production, by contrast, is expected to bounce back from a reduction of 2.9% in 2010 to expand in 2011 by 1.1%.

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Total red meat and poultry production in the U.S. in 2010 is now estimated by the USDA as up 0.8% from 2009 at 41.64 million metric tons. The agency projects this level to be maintained in 2011.