Broiler hatchery numbers mixed

Broiler sets and placements were mixed last week.

The USDA says 243.926 million broiler-type eggs entered incubators, a drop of 1.437 million on the week, but still up 1% on the year, eventually moving to meat production later this month.

Average hatchability held just under 79%.

187.368 million chicks were placed into meat production, 909,000 lower than the previous week, but slightly higher than a year ago, with those birds bound for market starting in May.

The USDA’s next 2024 broiler production guess is out next Thursday.

Comparisons for Brownfield states:

Arkansas: Sets: 25.196 million eggs, compared to 25.418 million a week ago; Placements: 21.826 million head, compared to 22.057 million last week

Kentucky: Sets: 7.779 million eggs, compared to 7.783 million a week ago; Placements: 5.671 million head, compared to 5.816 million last week

Missouri: Sets: 8.373 million eggs, compared to 8.834 million a week ago; Placements: 5.207 million head, compared to 5.806 million last week

California/Tennessee/West Virginia: Sets: 13.608 million eggs, compared to 13.979 million a week ago; Placements: 12.511 million head, compared to 12.766 million last week

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