Broiler exports see 8 percent year-over-year drop

U.S. broiler shipments in February 2013 were down 8 percent from the same month in 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture reported on April 17. Broiler exports for the month totaled 588.4 million pounds.

U.S. broiler shipments in February 2013 were down 8 percent from the same month in 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture reported on April 17. Broiler exports for the month totaled 588.4 million pounds.

According to the agency's Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report, the primary reason for the drop was lower shipents to Angola, Taiwan and Hong Kong, compared with a year ago, dropping 35, 49 and 60 percent, respectively.

Exports to several countries increased, most significantly China, where shipments rose by 94 percent. Exports to Cuba were up 34 percent and shipments to Iraq were up 42 percent from a year ago. However, those increases were not enough to offset the drop in exports to the other countries. 

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