NOTE TO READERS
China’s broiler production series has been revised for 1987-2001 to more accurately measure the size of production in the country. Previously, the production series only included western breeds for commercial production. The revision includes not only western breeds, but also domestic breeds as production of domestic breeds has reportedly grown to meet consumer taste. The revised production series is available on PSD Online at http://www.fas.usda.gov/psd
The Livestock and Poultry: World Market and Trade circular is designed to give the reader a snapshot picture of what is happening among the major players in world beef, pork, and broiler meat trade. Summary tables for meat production, imports, exports, and consumption are presented to provide a quick overview of the world situation. In addition, an explanation of significant changes in production, supply, and demand (PSD) is provided for major meat importing and exporting countries.
Only those countries that make up USDA’s official PSD database are reported. This means world totals do not encompass all production, consumption, and trade, but rather the sum of those countries reported in USDA’s database, which represent the most important players in the world meat PSD situation. In an attempt to capture these major players, the list of countries reported changes periodically.
The entire USDA PSD database is available electronically on PSD Online. Users can use this system to generate the full set of PSD data for those countries reporting. PSD Online can be reached through http://www.fas.usda.gov/psd
In addition, please refer to the USDA/FAS Dairy, Livestock and Poultry (DLP) website at: http://www.fas.usda.gov/dlp/dlp.html for additional data and analysis, such as International Agricultural Trade Reports, Trade at a Glance and Country Pages. These reports are posted regularly on the homepage covering analysis on current issues and topics, new trade data, and market competition.