Poultry production in the UK eased in July after the surge during April-June as producers tried to exploit FMD. But DEFRA's latest figures show the broiler kill remaining well above the rate of a year earlier. Presumably the disappointing market will persuade producers to restrain output further, especially with the prospect of weaker markets for pork and lamb a likely additional depressing influence on demand for poultry. Early signs of tightening supply are July broiler chick placing data showing only a negligible year-on-year rise, and female broiler parent chick placings actually reduced from 12 months previously. {{M/E MEAT }}