Poultry International - September 2017 - 10
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Avian influenza slows
EU poultry industry growth
Growth in the European Union's poultry meat production significantly
down as virus takes its toll on key poultry-producing countries.
Growth in European broiler meat production has
slowed dramatically this year, despite rising demand
from European consumers.
Forecasts released by the European Commission
suggest that production of poultry meat by the European
Union's member states will reach 14.48 million tons this
year, an increase of only 0.7 percent, and significantly
lower than the 4.4 percent increase in 2016.
This slowing growth can be largely attributed to the
impact of avian influenza. While most member states
have been affected by the virus to varying degrees,
France and Germany have been particularly badly hit.
France, which is also Europe's largest duck producer,
organized a cull of more than 1 million ducks and geese
at the start of the year to help control spread of the virus.
Three of the leading poultry producers in the region
- France, Germany and Italy - saw the number of birds
slaughtered over the first quarter down, while Poland,
European Union's largest poultry countries 2016 (1,000 tons)
Six countries account for
more than two-thirds of the
European Union's poultry
production. While several
Member States have seen
production rise strongly this
year, the impact of avian
influenza on these major
producers will slow overall
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