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Broiler sets, placements climb higher

Broilers sets and placements both rose last week.

The USDA says 244.604 million eggs entered incubators, up nearly a million on the week and 2% on the year, with most of those bound for meat production in early spring. The average hatchability held steady at 79%.

186.718 million broiler growers entered meat production, almost 1.7 million more than the previous week and slightly higher than a year ago, which will head to market in mid-spring.

The USDA’s next annual broiler production estimate is out March 8th.

Comparisons for Brownfield states:

Arkansas: Sets: 25.325 million eggs, compared to 24.969 million a week ago; Placements: 19.706 million head, compared to 20.455 million last week

Kentucky: Sets: 7.905 million eggs, compared to 7.153 million a week ago; Placements: 5.459 million head, compared to 5.342 million last week

Missouri: Sets: 8.797 million eggs, compared to 8.607 million a week ago; Placements: 5.491 million head, compared to 5.236 million last week

California/Tennessee/West Virginia: Sets: 13.482 million eggs, compared to 13.732 million a week ago; Placements: 12.124 million head, compared to 11.355 million last week

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