Broiler sets, placements climb higher

Broiler sets and placement continue to rise, implying higher production.

The USDA says 246.848 million eggs were set into incubators last week, an increase of 1.537 million from the previous week and 2% from a year ago, with the average hatchability continuing to hang around 79%.

189.692 million chicks hatched earlier this month went into the meat production system, slightly larger than the prior week and 2% above a year ago, with those birds heading to market early this summer.

The USDA’s next round of annual broiler production projections is out May 10th.

Comparisons for Brownfield states:

Arkansas: Sets: 25.961 million eggs, compared to 25.659 million a week ago; Placements: 21.087 million head, compared to 21.407 million last week

Kentucky: Sets: 8.009 million eggs, compared to 7.927 million a week ago; Placements: 5.676 million head, compared to 5.891 million last week

Missouri: Sets: 8.766 million eggs, compared to 8.99 million a week ago; Placements: 5.119 million head, compared to 5.517 million last week

California/Tennessee/West Virginia: Sets: 13.929 million eggs, compared to 13.823 million a week ago; Placements: 12.835 million head, compared to 12.319 million last week

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