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Poultry Growers Want More Money

by 5m Editor
24 September 2007, at 9:33am

US - Hit by skyrocketing expenses, poultry growers are pushing for an increase in what they are paid from poultry giant Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

Though most of the growers are independent, many rely on contracts from Pilgrim's Pride, which processes more than 7 million pounds of poultry each week at its Union Parish plant.

Growers say a 0.2-cent per pound increase for broilers would translate into nearly $2,000 extra for each typical shipment of 160,000, 6-pound chickens to Pilgrim's every seven weeks.

"The word is out that we've got a raise, but I haven't heard anything official from the company," said Thomas Wade, a Union Parish grower. "We're really feeling a squeeze."

Source: DailyComet

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