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Broiler sector facing reduced weights, competing meats

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David Williams, vice president of client advisory and development for Informa Economics IEG, said weights in the broiler sector continue to decrease, and export demand is being watched closely.

The industry has been lowering weights in an effort to address a meat quality issue known as “woody breast.”

Despite the lower weights, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently reported that slower growth in broiler weights has encouraged expansion of the broiler egg-layi

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