Broiler sets, placements 2% higher than a year ago

Broiler sets and placements last week were both up on the year.

The USDA says 244.383 million broiler-type eggs entered incubation, almost unchanged from previous week and 2% above a year ago, with the average hatchability rate holding at 79%.

Those chicks will move to meat production late this month.

Placements of mid-March chicks into meat production channels were more than a million higher than the prior week at 189.489 million head and 2% above last year, with those chicks bound for processing by early June.

Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas remain the top three states for broiler production.

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