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that article is extremely misleading. the reason why there is less is because they made too much over the past year, read the part about broiler meat and cold storage.....

when you do the math it equals out to about the same amount of chickens as years before. also the actual study shows an increase in most all other meats


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Beef/Cattle: Drought continues to motivate sales of cattle in Southern auctions and
placements in feedlots. These sales and placements are occurring despite high
grain prices.
Pork/Hogs: Accelerating pork exports are expected to maintain hog and pork prices at or
near record highs for the balance of 2011.
Dairy: Milk production will continue to rise both this year and next. Fats basis exports
will rise in 2011 from last year but soften slightly in 2012. Skims-solids export will
show slight increases both this year and next. Higher milk production and slower growth
in exports will pressure prices in 201
 

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i am glad it is going in the right direction!
UMMM, hello?!?

the sales of meat and dairy products have gone up overall according to the report cited in the article posted by the OP: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications...g/LDPM206F.pdf

and as I mentioned already, the reason the chicken numbers are predicted lower is because they overproduced last year, not because the demand is down.
 

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It looked like sales were down last year so their cold storage was still full, which is one of the reasons they are slaughtering less this year. A combination of still having left over stock and lowered sales.
actually not, there has been an steady increase over the past few years in production, especially last year (up 3%), this report is predicting the growth in production to stop this quarter, and does not attribute this decrease to lower sales. the report explains that the birds weigh 2% more than they did last year, so the actual number of birds slaughtered is less but the amount of 'meat' produced equals about the same.

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Cold storage
holdings at the end of the second quarter totaled 710 million pounds, 12 percent
higher than a year earlier. One factor in the increase in cold storage holdings was
higher stocks of breast meat products
A 12% increase is stock holdings doesn't coincide with a decrease in demand....
 
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