Global poultry industry records strong performance


Global poultry is currently performing well, with profitability in most regions despite pressure from avian influenza (AI), especially in Asia, according to Rabobank’s latest poultry quarterly report. The industry’s strong performance is backed by a combination of strong demand, restricted supply, and ongoing low feed costs. However, the big exception remains China, where the negative impact of human AI cases has kept prices down.

Chinese local authorities have closed many live bird markets, and this has had a big impact on the yellow-bird market. Meanwhile, global trade has reached record-high levels, but trade streams have shifted. The US, and to a lesser extent, Thailand have been the winners in this trade shake-up, due to AI-related restrictions and the impact of the meat scandal in Brazil.


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