According to the USDA's latest World Agricultural Demand and Supply Estimates report, the 2012 forecast of total red meat and poultry production is reduced from last month as lower forecast broiler production more than offsets a higher pork production forecast. Beef and turkey production forecasts are unchanged. Broiler production is forecast lower, largely due to slower expected growth in average bird weights in the first part of the year. Pork production is forecast higher as slightly higher carcass weights are expected. USDA will release its Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report on December 23 which will provide an indication of producer farrowing intentions into the first part of 2012.

For 2011, beef and broiler production forecasts are lowered, but the pork production forecast is raised. Egg production is forecast higher in the last quarter of 2011 and for 2012.

The beef import forecast is raised for 2011 based on higher-than-expected third-quarter data, but is unchanged for 2012. Pork imports are lowered for 2011 and 2012. Beef, pork, and poultry exports are raised for 2011 and pork, broiler, and turkey exports are raised for 2012. Cattle prices are forecast higher for the remainder of 2011 and through 2012 as demand strength is expected to carry into 2012 in the face of tight cattle supplies.

Hog prices are unchanged for 2012. Broiler prices are raised for 2011 and 2012 because of lower production.