Broiler sets down on week, up on year

Broiler sets and placements were mixed last week.

The USDA says 242.684 million eggs went into incubation, slightly fewer than the previous week, but 1% above a year ago, with the average hatchability rate of 79.3%. Those birds will head to meat production late this month and early next month.

Placements of 188.161 million chicks into meat production were an increase of more than a million on the week and 1% on the year, heading to market this summer.

The USDA’s updated annual poultry production numbers are out April 11th.

Comparisons for Brownfield states:

Arkansas: Sets: 25.096 million eggs, compared to 25.193 million a week ago; Placements: 21.554 million head, compared to 20.713 million last week

Kentucky: Sets: 8.062 million eggs, compared to 7.732 million a week ago; Placements: 5.6 million head, compared to 5.352 million last week

Missouri: Sets: 8.705 million eggs, compared to 8.833 million a week ago; Placements: 5.425 million head, compared to 5.476 million last week

California/Tennessee/West Virginia: Sets: 13.649 million eggs, compared to 13.623 million a week ago; Placements: 12.347 million head, compared to 12.839 million last week

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