Pilgrim's Pride has announced a swathe of job cuts as part of the first phase of its integration with JBS, which acquired majority control of the US poultry group last December.

Pilgrim's Pride said it will eliminate around 230 corporate and administrative positions across the organisation. 

Around 160 positions being cut are based at the company's headquarters in Pittsburg, Texas, or in nearby Mt. Pleasant. The remaining cuts are spread over nearly a dozen other sites, including Atlanta, Dallas and Broadway, Va, the company said.

Severance benefits, including outplacement assistance, will be provided.

There is no direct impact on Pilgrim's Pride's operations or production, the company added.

Pilgrim's Pride said that it was continuing to move forward with plans to consolidate most corporate functions at JBS USA's headquarters.

"Both companies are continuing to evaluate the needs of their organizations and expect to finalize consolidation plans within the next three to six months," the group said.