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LIVESTOCK MARKETS: USDA raises broiler, egg production forecasts

U.S. table-egg layers reach record-high number.

December 2016 broiler production totaled 3.3 billion lb., 4% above December 2015 on a per day basis. Preliminary data indicated that January 2017 production was 2% above January 2016, while the placement of chicks for growout was also higher. These developments, as well as the recent resumption of growth in average weights, contributed to increased expectations for first-quarter production, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported in the February “Livestock, Dairy & Poultry Outlo

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