With only a few exceptions, production of broilers (the most efficient converter of feed to meat) has risen almost every year since the early 1970s. However, total domestic per capita beef, pork, and poultry disappearance (a proxy for use) has fallen since the middle of the last decade. This decline reflects higher feed costs for producers, higher retail prices for consumers, effects of the economic recession in 2008 and 2009, and increasing exports of meat and products.
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